How To Make an Advent Wreath: Christmas Traditions, HubNuggets Style

"Christmas is coming," sighed ripplemaker, her face aglow as she gazed at the Christmas lights festooning trees up and down the lane in front of the HubNuggets Team ski lodge, and sparkling on freshly-fallen snow. "I LOVE Christmas."

"So do I," purred Enelle Lamb. "The decorations, the shopping - getting together with family and friends.

"...and the food," said Simone Smith, rubbing her hands gleefully. "Don't forget turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and scrumptious, Christmas goodies! Speaking of goodies..."

Simone hurried over to lend a hand as Maddie Ruud emerged from the kitchen, bearing a platter of freshly-baked gingerbread and a steaming pitcher of cocoa.

Jason Menayan and Patty Inglish, MS burst through the door in a flurry of snow and laughter, dragging a huge, freshly-cut evergreen tree. "Hang on, Elfie," said Jason. "We're almost there."

With a final heave, he and Patty slid the snowy tree into the room. At its tippy-top, was a large snowball. The snowball sneezed and shook itself, sending freezing flakes everywhere. As the snow settled, the team laughed to see a bedraggled RedElf clinging to the top of the tree.

"Do I smell gingerbread?" she asked.

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Pre-Christmas Fun...

A short time later, over mugs of fresh cocoa, the kitties watched as Jason set up the tree. Maddie and Simone emerged from the attic with stings of lights and boxes of hand-made, Christmas tree ornaments. As they carefully unwrapped each one, everyone exclaimed over their favorites.

"I remember the year we made these jeweled candy canes - it snowed three feet that night. We were afraid we'd be snowed in," said Patty. "Look - the adorable stuffed snowflakes we embroidered two Christmases ago! ...and here's Jason's Santa puppet." They all laughed as Patty pulled the string and the Jolly Old Elf jumped and danced.

"What are we making this year?" asked Enelle. One of her favorite HubNuggets Team traditions was their annual "Decorations Night" when they gathered at the HubNuggets ski lodge for fun and fellowship. Everyone took turn-about organizing supplies and instructions to make a different tree ornament or Christmas decoration, while enjoying the great hubs in that week's HubNuggets contest. "...and where are ladyjane1 and KoffeeKlatch Gals? It's their turn this year."

As if on cue the door swung open and this two missing team members arrived, laden down with bulging carry-sacks and evergreen boughs.

"Perfect!" cried ripplemaker, clapping her hands as lj and Gal laid the fresh-cut, fragrant boughs on the table, and announced, "We're making Advent Wreaths this year."

"Let's take turns reading aloud the HubNuggets contest hubs while we work. Then we can vote for our favorites in each category," Maddie said.

Which one of this week's Pets and Animals nominees is your favorite?

  • 19% 5 Common Myths About Raising Pigs
  • 12% How To Find The Right Cat For You
  • 5% Starting Your First Fish Tank
  • 14% The Reality of Animal Gas Chambers
  • 37% When Bees Are Most Likely To Sting: Honeybee Colonies and Their Moods
  • 14% Why Dogs are Better Than Humans
43 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Supplies and Instructions...

The team tore into the bags and parcels, quickly revealing the colorful contents:

  • silky ribbons of all shades
  • pine cones
  • tiny ornaments (optional)
  • sweet and spicy scented candles of all shapes, and sizes, and colors
  • wire wreath forms
  • green floral tape
  • florists' wire for attaching bows and ornaments
  • fire-proof candle holders

"First, we lay the boughs on the wreath forms, and fasten them with wires," said ladyjane1. "Fasten the cut, bare end of the first bough securely, and wire the middle in place. Then lay the next bough over the cut end of the one before it, overlapping the boughs to cover the wire fastening."

"Space the branches closely for a nice, full wreath," she continued. "Make sure each bough is well-fastened, and continue attaching branches 'til your wreath base is full. To attach the last bough, lift up the feathery ends of the very first bough, and tuck the bare end of the last bough underneath. Then wire it in place as before."

"Then we wrap a piece of wire through each pine cone and ornament so we can secure them to the wreath," said Gal, demonstrating her technique.

ladyjane1 added, "I found a great video on tying fancy bows, but these ribbons are so lovely that plain bows would work beautifully, too."

Patty selected a hub to read aloud from the next category while the rest of the team set to work.

Which one of this week's Holidays and Celebrations nominees is your favorite?

  • 5% Why I Hate The Holidays
  • 30% Funny and Creative Ideas for Hiding Your Elf on the Shelf
  • 32% How to be a great B&B host in Southern Tuscany.
  • 10% All Things Christmas - Origin of the Christmas Tree and Evergreen Arrangements
  • 15% Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorations
  • 9% Hosting Overnight Holiday Guests
104 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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Why do we make Advent wreaths?

Soon, each team member had created a lovely wreath complete with candle holders and glowing candles.

"These are so beautiful - each one is so different," said Enelle. "Where did Advent wreaths originate?"

"..and why use four candles?" asked Simone.

"I can answer that," said Patty. "I've been doing some research. Advent wreaths are a time-honored tradition in many countries. Some say the wreath's symbolism predates Christianity, but many scholars believe Advent wreaths originated in Germany, in the early 1800s."

"That's right, Patty," ladyjane1 said. "The four candles stand for Peace, Love, Hope, and Joy, and are lighted on the four Sundays preceding Christmas - the four Sundays of Advent. On the first Sunday, one candle is lighted, on the next, two, then three, and finally all four candles are lighted on the last Sunday before Christmas."

"Some wreaths have a fifth candle that is lighted on Christmas Day," Gal added.

"What wonderful wreaths," said Maddie, admiring their handiwork. "I'm so happy we could be together and keep our tradition. Merry Christmas! Let's have another round of cocoa and gingerbread while we finish up the last category."

Which one of this week's Personal Finance nominees is your favorite?

  • 52% Couponing: Is it Really Worth All the Hassle?
  • 14% How to make money online by outsourcing data entry projects
  • 0% Making Money with Stock Music
  • 14% Obstacles to Success
  • 14% Profitable Hobby Ideas
  • 5% Shopping Smart for the Holiday Season
21 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

The HubNuggets Team

SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb
SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

What were the HubNuggets?

Another great HubPages tradition - the weekly HubNuggets contest:

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invited the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners weare featured in our newsletter.
  • Visit this Learning Center guide to learn more.

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33 comments

Simone Smith profile image

Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oooooh, I'm a sucker for all things Christmas! It was so much fun to learn how to make an advent wreath, and the nominees this week are particularly splendid! I've cast my votes, and cannot wait to see which Hubs come out on top!


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi, Simone! We sure have a great bunch. Hope they gets lots of votes and lots of traffic!


Enelle Lamb profile image

Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Awesome hub! Christmas is so much fun...expensive...but so much fun :D:D:D LOVE the decorations!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Like Simone, I'm a Christmas nut, and it's one of my favorite topics for short stories. In fact, I've written four, and I'm working on a new one.

Nice Hub!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I was feeling very festive after reading this hub, and wanted to celebrate by giving each one of the nominees a vote! But unfortunately, I could only pick one per category.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Enelle! I love Christmas, too. I love making decorations - running out of family and friends to give them to, though.

Hey, WillStarr - I will hop right over and check those out! Thanks for stopping by to support our new writers!

Millionaire Tips, that's how it works. We tally up the votes, and the top 3 in each category are declared the winners - often though, I'd love to give each one a vote, too. :D:D


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

How appropriate to have Holidays and Celebrations as a topic for this week with your storyline.


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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Awesome hub as always, RedElf! I'm reading and torn about which ones to vote for, as usual... The hub about animal gas chambers has me in tears... such an important topic, but so painful. As soon as I recover, I will cast my final votes. Choosing reminds me of going out to dinner with my husband. You cannot imagine the menu trauma this man has... clearly the toughest decision he makes in a day. LOL!


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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Okay, I did it, RedElf. I voted for my favorites. I'm now off to Tweet the one about the gas chambers. Thanks!


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Flora, I thought it was just perfect - couldn't have asked for a better topic! Thanks for stopping by to support our new writers.

wordscribe43, thanks so much! It's so tough to choose some times. Maybe you can find your husband a good "menu-therapist" :D:D

Fabulous, ws43 - thanks so much for boosting our new writers!!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi RedElf....whhheeee Christmas is indeed fast approaching...I am joyful!!! You are right, I love Christmas! :) I have a big, happy grin as I read and vote for this week's Advent Hubnuggets!!! :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! What a fun-filled hub! Thank you for sharing and thank you for making it all so interesting. :D I'm going to go vote now! Since joining, I have found this site so supportive, fun, helpful and encouraging. These are great choices for the Advent Hubnuggets.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

The color combinations in this Hub are outstanding! On top of that we have a great story and information about wreaths as well as 18 high quality Hubs to read.

Votsfor Hubs, voted Up rated, and spread with joy -

Merry Christmas!


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

right you are, ripplemaker! Only a couple more weeks and the "big day" we be here!

cclitgirl, thanks so much. So glad you stopped by to give everyone a boost.

Thanks so much, Patty! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for giving all our new writers a boost!


kada94566 4 years ago

Move over Martha,We don't need you. We've got Red. Very good stuff. You've got talent Girl.

Merry Christmas

Kay


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

RedElf, I just love Christmas. How clever you are to include a craft and history both. The advent wreaths are lovely.

We have some really great nominees - it was hard to pick but I managed. Good Luck to all.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Kay, thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for stopping by to support the nominees!

Gals, thanks - glad you liked the hub. We have some excellent nominees - it was really hard to choose this week!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

The hubs are great! Awesome work RedElf and the Hubnuggets Team. I enjoyed making our Advent wreath too! Blessings to one and all. :)


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

ripplemaker, Gal and lj certainly chose a great craft this year. :D There were so many awesome hubs from which to choose - it was really hard to narrow it down this week!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Just LOVE your Christmas/Advent Hub. Looks beautiful too. Can't wait to know the HubNuggets results! SO, so, so exciting, all of it. Thanks.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Timely and relevant topics. Looking forward to going over the hubs of the nominees.


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Awesome picks! Definitely hard to make my votes! Found some amazing hubs, too. Some of them were just wow! Awesome!


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

You are most welcome, GoodLady. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

Thanks, moiragallaga. We have some great hubs this week - as always :D:D

melbel, it can be really hard some weeks to pick just one in each category!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Hi RedElf

Thank you so much for this gem. I buy two wreaths every Christmas;one for my sister's grave and one for my daughter's.

If I made one it would mean a great deal more.

I am voting up and bookmarking.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Take care

Eddy.


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

You are so welcome, Eddy! I think it's always more meaningful when we make the wreaths ourselves, as long as we have the time. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Absolutely great ideas...love the videos. Thanks for sharing.


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, alekhouse! Thanks so much for stopping by to support our new writers!


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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo

A very interesting hub!

Readin' and a-votin'...


RedElf profile image

RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much fro coming out to support our new writers, Mrs. M.!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

OMG! Am I late for the hoopla? Anyways, congrats to all nominees and winners!

It's overwhelming seeing net and talented writers gracing the pages of HubPages. :D


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Well, you got here in time for the after-party, travel_man! Seriously, it's great you stopped in to say "Hi!"


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very nicely done, it was fun reading your hub. I wish I would have found it a few weeks ago. Very creative and was a perfect hub for the holidays....hope your holiday and new year went well. Voted up.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi, Cogerson - thanks for stopping by and commenting. My holiday was wonderful, and I am looking forward to a highly productive New Year.

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