The idea behind the first Advent wreath came from a gentleman named Johann Hinrich Wichern, a German educator. He designed an Advent wreath with four large and 20 small candles for the enjoyment of orphans. In his Hamburg home for wayward children, everyone could count down the days until Christmas Eve together. This first Advent wreath is said to have become part of the customs of the Advent season. Later, smaller versions with only four candles were placed on the tables. With each Sunday of Advent, the candles give more light – symbolically expressing the increasing illumination in anticipation of the Light Of The World (the birth of Jesus Christ).

In this workshop, traditional Advent wreaths of this kind are made with the help of fir greenery and other decorative objects.

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