Today is both December 1st and the first Sunday of Advent. The countdown has really started and the waiting has begun. The word Advent comes from the Latin "adventus domini", which means "The coming of the Lord". We're waiting for the birth of Christ. The tradition of the Advent wreath originated in Germany in the early 1900s and has since become a permanent tradition in many homes here in Denmark.
Have you made your Advent wreath? This lovely wreath is made from light and airy materials. We’ve used eucalyptus, lamb’s ear and salsola. The eucalyptus leaves have the most beautiful grayish-green color and they smell nice. They’re poisonous though. The salsola has the most whimsical leaves or vines in the prettiest shade of silver. You should be able to find both of these at a well-stocked florist. Lamb’s ear, however, is something you’ll have to find in your garden or ask around to see if anyone has some. They have a beautiful color and are oh-so-soft. You’ll be almost tempted to believe that they’re made of fabric. When making this wreath, it’s important to have your materials ready so they’re right at hand for tying on the wreath. We’ve sprayed on a coat of silver glitter to the finished wreath to make it even more special. Wide strips of white gauze are tied around the wreath, which is placed on a tall display so they hang down creating a light and elegant feel.