Taking time out from Christmas shopping and decorating our own homes, around a dozen of us gathered at Asbury United Methodist Church on Saturday for the Flower Guild's annual Hanging of the Greens. Like everyone else, we tightened our belts and did without the usual live garlands, bringing a variety of greenery from our own yards and other places we had spotted.
Arriving at 9 a.m., we found that Linda had almost finished two large arrangements for the sanctuary. She and Ed had gotten last minute tickets for the SEC Championship game and needed to be on the road to Atlanta about the time we were getting started.
We gathered in the sanctuary for prayer and to receive our instructions from Sally, who in true holiday fashion sported a button in honor of St. Nicholas. Oh wait, Sally's an Alabama fan. Wrong St. Nick.
Pat was prepared with a counter statement and proudly wore this sweatshirt in Auburn orange and blue. Here in Alabama, it's hard to get away from football even to decorate for Christmas.
Working in pairs, in 2 1/2 hours we had decorated and hung wreaths, made greenery badges to hang on the doors, and created arrangements for the gathering area.
Connie and I were in charge of making two large arrangements in dark bronze urns for the gathering area.
When we finished, we agreed that we didn't really miss the garlands after all.
Now be sure to head over to Thoughts from Over the Rainbow, where Susan is hosting Deck the Halls. You're sure to find all sorts of great looks for your idea file.