Deck the Halls

Holly and ivy, pine and balsam, there are so many sweet smells of Christmas. You and your family can make your own beautiful wreaths to decorate your home or give to friends and neighbors.

A very old carol, The Holly and the Ivy, celebrates these evergreens which survive the harsh winter:

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir.
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Evergreens give a promise of hope and spring in the dead of winter. Whether you choose to make wreaths from traditional evergreens, recycle your Christmas cards, or make a sweet treat of a wreath, your creation can show the joy and hope that exists despite the wintry weather.

Learn More at the Library

Once Upon a Company: A True Story by Wendy Anderson Halperin.
Seven-year-old Joel and his sisters start the College Fund Wreath Company with the help of grandparents, classmates, friends, and local townspeople. Their hand-crafted wreaths are a big success. Soon they're "branching out" to create the P.B. and J. snack bar for summertime cash.

Wreath Making Basics: More Than 80 Wreath Ideas by Dawn Cusick.
Older children and adults will enjoy the detailed instructions for beginning wreathmakers that use a variety of materials.

On the Web

Hard Candy Wreath
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/hardcandy.html
Make a sweet wreath to share with friends and family.

How to Make a Christmas Card Wreath
http://www.ehow.com/how_11219_make-christmas-card.html
Do something splendid with leftover Christmas cards. Very young ones can help with this craft.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEtD9lAZ3lg
A young lady shows how to make a lovely wreath.

Make Your Own Classic Holiday Wreath
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/feature/famf199612_ffwrea...
Parents and kids can get together to create sweet-smelling wreaths from traditional, natural materials. A terrific tradition!