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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Hanging of the Greens


We launched a new tradition at Montecito Covenant today; the hanging of the greens as a collaborative event. I started a fire in the patio fireplace, put out hot coffee and hot water for chocolate and tea plus some donut holes. Then about a dozen people began to gather from 10 am till noon.
Martha, Jeanne Heckman and Trace Robinson cut and gathered greenery. One of the men and I bound and hung swags of junniper, pittiosporum and eucalyptus on all the outdoor lights. Inside the sanctuary another group hung swags of junniper and magnolia on the side candle sconces and the balcony railings, while still another group dressed the trees with lights and glass icicles, filling the room with the smells of cut branches and pine.
All the while the brass ensemble practiced for worship tomorrow, filling the room with brilliant sounds of Christmas carols and hymns of advent. It was a day filled with laughter, debates about how much is too much and where things looked too bare. Everyone voiced their opinions about beauty and tradition. But at the end of the day, the sanctuary, courtyard and patio looked full and decked, ready for the 2nd Sunday in Advent.

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