Decking the halls with boughs of holly is a holiday tradition that predates the holiday. Probably earliest associated with the Romans and Greeks in the South and Druids in the north, bringing evergreens into the house represented eternal life, remaining verdant when the rest of the land lay cold and fallow.
Today, the greens are truly “eternal,” often made of plastics that never fade, but most homes still act out the ancient ritual of decorating the home with boughs, garlands and wreaths.
For those who would like to return to the root of the tradition, Hancock Shaker Museum in Hancock MA, is offering a series of holiday workshops during which participants can sit back, enjoy the company of other crafters, and be guided in the production of evergreen decorations for the holidays.
First in the series is wreath-making, set for the evening of November 16th, 7-9 PM. Participants are invited to grab a glass of wine, pick from the provided materials and to design and create a wreath to take home. Step-by-step guidance will be provided in making the wreath using natural elements. Tickets are $90 for non-members.
Sunday, December 3rd, from 1-3PM, brings a swag-making workshop. During a relaxing afternoon neophytes and experts alike can design a swag to take home from natural materials. The fee is $40 for non-members.
And, finally, on December 10th, 1-3PM, attention will turn to the creation of holiday centerpieces and mantle pieces. Participants will be able to create a beautiful holiday dinner table with a centerpiece made with their own hands, combining fragrant evergreens, herbs, berries, pine cones and other natural elements.
Centerpiece and mantel decorations have long symbolized home, hearth and hospitality. All materials will be provided. The cost is $50 for non-members.
The village is located at 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-443-0188.