This year I decided to do a different type of Advents kranz. A kranz is a wreath in German - and at this time of year is obviously a Christmas wreath.
It is, for me, symbolical of both the circle of life which begins with birth of a baby and the Crown of Thorns that was placed on Christ's head at his crucifixion. It is an evergreen wreath and to which four candles are added. One of the candles are lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas, with all four candles being lit on the night of Christmas Eve - which, due to RMan's family roots, is when we celebrate Christmas. (But MKid, as did our two, has a special Father Christmas gift under the tree on Christmas morning. We did that in order to combine my English roots and heritage, with RMan's German roots and heritage. It also allowed the children to participate in the "guess what I found under the tree" conversations with their peers / friends, and helped to prevent their feeling left out when their friends talked about Christmas morning.)
Last year I made an indigenous wreath in a florist circle...
... and, as happy as I was with it, I found that moving / filling the base with water was a hassle - and messy LOL And the candles kept falling over...
So this year I decided to make something different.
A square wreath!?
Most importantly, it is one which I can easily transport to the farm for MKid's sake - we may be in an out of ordinary location for this our first Christmas on the farm, but that doesn't mean we can't have the normal trappings and traditional decorations.
This year, for RMan's sake and in memory of his late father who recently passed away, I have kept the conifer / evergreen theme. But. I also like a bit of colour, so a couple of geranium flowers provided just what I needed. Then a whimsical hint of Angel's Hair and I'm done.
We lit it last night, being the first Sunday in Advent. And I like the wreath. I also like being able to adapt each year to suit my whim.
Which one do you prefer?
But, for me, like so many others, Christmas is completely about celebrating birth, family time and continuing traditions. It wouldn't be the same without them. So, if I am able to maintain this particular tradition, whilst giving it a tweak now and then, what's the harm? :)