For me, a rainy Sunday afternoon generally gives way to comfy pajamas and a nap. However, this particular Sunday I had already carved out time for Asheville Folk’s Holiday Wreath Making Workshop. Even as a true ENFP, I am finding that as an adult I still have to gear myself up to go out, try new things, and meet new people. (Why is adulting so hard sometimes?!) I’m so glad I fought through the urge for a nap and ventured downtown to try my hand at something new while meeting some fabulous folks in the process.
Walking in to the Asheville Folk workspace, I immediately felt at home and cozy. As I walked through the door, it was as though I found myself taking some small steps in my own heart and mind to “create space” for the upcoming holidays. There were organized sections throughout the room with clippings of eucalyptus, holly, and fir. Each workspace was set and ready for those that would fill the tables. What a nice feeling it was to be prepared for. The smells of evergreen and hot cider signaled the start of our workshop and we each snagged a homemade cookie and got to work.
I was not alone in my initial nervousness as I found that many of the other participants had to give themselves a pep-talk before coming in. We became quick wreath-making-aficionados as we shared advice on what to add or take away. By the end of our time, and four cookies later for me – oops!, I loved looking around at each table to see how each person’s wreath was different and unique in its own rite. Some participants opted for a more minimalist hoop wreath while others choose a more full and flowing wooden wreath.
There is something to be said for gathering together and making space for one another. For our own selves, strangers, and those closest to us. I think the idea of “making space” is one of my favorite things about the holiday season. The holidays give us the ultimate excuse to welcome people in. We give ourselves permission to make space for rest, to make space for creating, to make space for connection. I am so thankful for this workshop because I was given a moment to slow down, be present, create, and connect with those around me. Now I have a wreath that greets my guests as they enter my home and a tangible reminder for myself of what it looks like to “make space.”
Take a moment for yourself, step out, try something new, create some space, and join our next Asheville Folk Holiday Wreath Making workshop. You’ll be so glad you did.
Lyndsey Parham is an Asheville native with a dash of Nicaragua in her soul. She believes in the power of investing in others, chips & salsa, and Friday Night Lights. Oh, and coffee. Don't forget the coffee.