Advent and Christmas have always been my very favorite time of the year for baking. Not that the other seasons - Easter and Ordinary Time don't have some great recipes to make and bake, but Advent and Christmas traditions reach so far back into my childhood and memory, that it would be impossible to replace these two seasons with any others.
Maria Von Trapp’s book Around the Year with the Trapp Family, out of print, and Evelyn Birge Vitz’s A Continual Feast inspired my interest in Catholic cultural and food traditions. Fr. Francis X. Weiser’s, S.J., popular research into every facet of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time customs kept me learning. Did you know that mince meat pie was banned in England by the Puritans when they came to power? There are many fascinating connections to discover between food and history.
*Two books in print which contain sacred Advent symbols and monograms: John Bradner’s Symbols of Church Seasons & Days and George Ferguson’s Signs & Symbols in Christian Art.
These wreaths are the work of children ages 7 – 13 and they are in various stages of completion.