Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Festival of Wreaths: Creative Holiday Tradition

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may...
My aunt and I have a lovely holiday tradition that unites us via creativity: we quill a wreath for the Nantucket Historical Association’s annual Festival of Wreaths. What is quilling you might ask? Find out here. What I love most about this annual project with Aunt Deb is that it brings us together in a creative way for the benefit of a nonprofit, which is what the holidays are all about: that act of giving in its various forms of thanks, hand-made goodies, and thoughtful gifts.

This year’s wreath is precious:  a wreath of roses and rosebuds embellished with a Robert Herrick quote on a scroll, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” As a sophomore at the American University of Paris I wrote a piece about the poem this line opens, which is titled To the Virgins, to make much of time. It’s a work that has always spoken to the free spirit in me. There is an urgency articulated in it, to live life now—to gather the rosebuds while they are still in bloom. Harding was on to something.

If you are on Nantucket during the week of Thanksgiving, stop by the Whaling Museum and enjoy the burst of creative force on display. The wreaths are all up for grabs via silent auction, and there is a beautiful wreath of roses looking for a home.

2011 Wreath & Me
2010 Wreath

© Habit & Style, 2012

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