It’s getting ever closer – Christmas. There is still time to make a door wreath and I think I have another two more wreaths in my Wreath Wednesday series for you. This week it’s one of my favourites, a Rosemary Wreath. We put up our tree this weekend and I’m reminded again why we choose a fresh tree every year – the smell is amazing!
Wreaths and Rosemary
The meaning of the wreath that we place at Christmas on our doors is that it represents everlasting life brought through Jesus and the circular shape of the wreath represents God, with no beginning and no end. I was interested to find out that according to legend, the virgin Mary was said to have spread her blue cloak over a white blossomed shrub while resting and the flowers turned blue, the shrub then became known as the ‘Rose of Mary’.
Wreath and Worship
The basic vine wreath form in this wreath reminds me of the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus head. It is hauntingly beautiful in its naked state.
The wreath is so full of reminders of Christ’s story. I think of Mary giving birth to a baby who would one day wear a crown of thorns – a wreath of pain. The wood, twig-formed wreath also reminds me of the rustic birth and cradle-manger. And the humble family of wood workers Jesus was born into.
The amazing scent of the rosemary brings to mind the frankincense and myrrh that was brought by the wise men as gifts. And I smile remembering the frequent mispronunciation – “Frankenstein” in my children’s school nativity plays! Which reminds me my daughter, my english ‘rose’, who is playing Mary this year and my eldest son who is about the young age Mary would’ve been when she willingly carried and gave birth to the baby. The extraordinary and yet so ordinary baby. I pray that they would know the closeness of God that Mary did, an indwelling of God and his own heart.
I think of another Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with a fine fragrance. And yet again Mary at the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body, who, through her tears, thought Jesus was the gardener.
It is an act of worship to craft this, to honour and to remember and to evoke that which my Jesus, my saviour, my God lived, as a man, a child, a baby, a foetus in a woman, here on earth. To dress the ‘crown wreath’ in a fragrant herb is to say to him, it is beautiful, your sacrifice, your life, it is as a sweet fragrance to me.
I have a beautifully large rosemary bush in my garden that I was able to harvest for this wreath, don’t go buying those packets of rosemary from the supermarket, as it will cost you a fortune! If you know someone with rosemary in their garden ask them for some or you could try sourcing it from a florist.
This is the amount I used for this wreath:
I used a vine wreath form or base for this wreath. You can get them in various sizes and they can be reused. The one I used was quite large (40cm diameter) but if you have a smaller amount of rosemary then use a smaller wreath base.
Take three sprigs of rosemary, I cut a long stem in half and added both halves and another shorter stem. Bunch them together with the top half of a sprig slightly taller than the other two sprigs.
Now for my favourite top tip, use these fellows:
They are clear hairbands, (I got them from the pound shop.) They are easy to use to hold your bunch together and they are transparent – bonus!
Place your rosemary sprigs on your wreath going in one direction, overlapping them as you go and wrap round with green florists wire.
I started by placing the rosemary on the front of the wreath and I could have left it like that, it’s a very current style to see the wreath form and not feel like you have to hide it. It is after all beautiful in itself. Also again useful if you don’t have too much rosemary.
But I decided I wanted to cover it, so after wiring the rosemary to the top side I continued around on the outside and inside of the base, winding the wire round it all as I went. I tried to get the wire under some of the leaves so that the wire wasn’t too obvious.
I added a sage green satin ribbon in a bow with fishtail cut ends to the bottom centre of the wreath, but of course you could use any colour or type of ribbon or none as you like. I love the subtlety of using green in the ribbon, I would usually go for a contrast colour but there is something pleasing about the same colour, it is a calmer, muted effect and quite sophisticated.
I placed this Rosemary wreath on my dresser in the kitchen which is white and green themed for Christmas.
Have you made a wreath for Christmas? Do you have any top tips? What smells say Christmas to you?
All the other wreaths in my Wednesday wreaths series:
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