– Christmas Wreath –
As soon as the lights go out on the streets and the scarf leaves the house in an attempt of warming up the cold days, I’m all Christmas. It doesn’t snow over here, but the town wraps itself in wreaths and decorations.
I grab my cinnamon jar for freshly baked cookies and fill the air with that delightful perfume while Chloe purrs around my legs, asking for attention. My box with the season heirlooms is hidden away all year, waiting for the right time to untangle memories of happy Christmases.
I love the sense of joy that lifts the air, the carols and bells ringing. The ritual of picking up mistletoe to decorate the door and to see how much the outside pine tree has grown over the years, making it extra difficult to light up. The candles gleam on the windows and tales are told to the little ones. I realize nearly nothing has changed since I was a child, my overview of it is still magic, just like its suppose to be.
The morning is cold, and the light soft in its blue tones. I wake up extra early to a long quiet fireplace, put on my field boots and venture myself outside.
Making a wreath
Stripped grapevines (note to self: make sure to pick some with curled branches)
Pine tree branches
I’ll be soaking the grapevine in water, using the water tank in the garden, making them pliable and more malleable.
Next, I’ll form a circle with grapevine and keep it tight together with the help of the floral wire. I’ll try to remember not to exasperate if I can’t get it in a perfect circle, it will give it a Christmas charm, every time.
I’ll also be picking some mistletoe (use the gloves while handling they might sting) some pine branches and rosemary.
I’ll start the decoration with the pine branches making sort of a half wreath in the bottom, wiring or threading it up as I go. On top I’ll use the mistletoe and rosemary, using two branches on each side, like a crown. A few tweak here and there and its done.
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