Gladys, my co-worker, planned for a perfect Christmas gift for me and my family. As a former (semi)professional flower arranger, her every year’s gift are handmade wreaths. Last year she made one for us and at first, although I loved it, I thought it was a strange gift. In Slovenia, we make or buy wreaths 4 weeks before Christmas (this is our Advent time), we attach 4 candles (each candle represents one Sunday before Christmas) and we lit one candle every Sunday up to Christmas. Here in Scotland, it appears there is a different tradition. They have wreaths for time closer to Christmas and I assume this is more for decoration than for “anticipation” of Christmas.

To cut the long story short, this past week Gladys had a plan for us. The plan involved a lot of plant material, of course J. She brought all raw material needed for wreath making and invited us to make our own wreaths. Here is when 6-year-old’s creativity goes wild (and parents manage not to interfere too much):

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This is were it all begins.
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First, uncertain moves…
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Not a wreath, but a tree.
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Getting in shape – the colour selected: red.
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Wealth of choice of greenery to feed the imagination.
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Hard working for best outcome.
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Choosing the decorations that fit best.
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Going for too much?
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The second wreath is colour coded mainly in white and blue.
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Getting in shape to compete with any Christmas tree.
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The person behind it all: Gladys.
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Proud of our achievements!

It still amazes me what a bunch of twigs, some flowers, well-placed decorations and creativity can do. We had a great time and continue to enjoy our gifts. Thank you Gladys!

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