RMan is of German decent - his parents were both born there. And he has always followed their Christmas traditions. I have tried to cater for that - in fact, we join both his traditions with my UK born ones. But, last Sunday, being the first Sunday in Advent, all I had the energy for was to plonk four candles on the table, with a bit of greenery round them. A half token. Not good enough, and I knew it. My inspiration just wasn't there.
Someone knew that :) And very kindly inspired me. That someone was Diana.
|Now that looks a whole lot better than what I|
had on the table before :)
We currently have a plentitude of Kooigoed from the Helichrysum species growing on our land. So, on Friday during the dogs evening walk, I had a pair of secateurs in hand, and I snipped and snipped to my hearts content.
I placed the willow ring on a tray, and threaded a few wispy bits of Kooigoed through the top of it. Then, taking a branch of the Kooigoed plant in one hand, I drew it through my fingers thus removing the leaves, which were then placed just inside the willow ring. Filling the vase with sand in order to hold the candles securely, I layered the top of the sand with the flowers from the Kooigoed plant. Instead of copying the traditional European Adventskranz and going for greenery, I have chosen to take what is available right here and now and work with that.
|A close up of the result|
Now our room is filled with something more appropriate for the festive season, as well as the lovely smell of the Kooigoed which greets us every morning. Not as chic and elegant as Diana's. But it is simple and befitting of where, and who, we are.
Do you have an Adventskranz? What are some of the unusual traditions in your household leading up to Christmas?