When birch branches began falling in our yard, I knew it could only mean one thing--it was time to attempt Rebecca's Advent Log. Our selected branch was small, so instead of Rebecca's glorious ruby tapers, we chose utilitarian emergency candles from CVS. (This may sound like an odd selection, but the emergency candles were readily available, relatively inexpensive, and the perfect size for our handy branch.) The ample Christmas candle is a mottled cranberry, guaranteed to give the room a merry glow on December 25th!
Here are some photos of the process:
Dh went to Sears with a sample candle for just the right drill bit, making the job relatively easy.
Perhaps my favorite part of the process was watching Agnes' reaction. How politely she suggested that perhaps the living room was not the best place for a project such as this, and how maternally she held on to Maureen and Patrick, warning them to avoid both drill and saw! Dh and I had to laugh--she is turning into the two of us!
(It may not look it, but the branch is extremely steady and well supported by three chutes Dh sawed and sanded to the proper size and keeping it from rolling.)
Now, needless to say, this is still something of a work in progress--it will need fresh evergreens from the yard, and the red candle, too large to be drilled into the branch, will be raised. Our wedding picture must be stored away lest it go up in flames.
Still, don't you love it?! When Dh was finished, I sat on the couch for some time admiring the way he brought Rebecca's family tradition to life (at least to a modest extent) right here in our living room!
Thank you, Rebecca! With each candle we light this Advent, a prayer will go up from our home to yours!