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Putzbrunn: Advent wreaths for a good cause

2023-12-02T12:18:16.852Z

Highlights: The women of the parish of St. Stephan in Putzbrunn tie Advent wreaths with devotion. For 14 days, evening after evening, because the first Advent is approaching with great strides. The women donate between 3000 and 5000 euros annually to social projects. And it serves a good cause as they set up the Advent exhibition in the parish hall on Thursday before the First Advent. And yesterday, from 8 a.m., it was high time to equip yourself with an Advent wreath.



Status: 02.12.2023, 13:05 PM

By: Charlotte Borst

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"A good team": The women of the Catholic parish of St. Stephen work hand in hand and produce over a hundred wreaths and arrangements in the parish hall, each one unique. © Msc

The women of the parish of St. Stephan in Putzbrunn tie Advent wreaths with devotion. For 14 days, evening after evening, because the first Advent is approaching with great strides.

Putzbrunn – "We need supplies", Sabine Schott grabs five finished wreaths and hurries downstairs to the basement. Upstairs in the foyer, the wreath makers continue to wind briskly. There is fir green on the tables. Warmly dressed in quilted vests and jackets, they work, each busy with a wreath of straw. They bundle twigs of fir, yew, thuja, juniper or ivy into bouquets and tie them to the straw wreath with wire. "Some wind around on the left, others on the right," says Hanni Ott, "the main thing is that you can't see the wire at the end."

Traditional colours most sought after for Advent wreaths

There is a clear division of labor in the parish hall. At lunchtime, Gertraud Karl summons a group of older ladies to the foyer as needed, "our Zweigerlschneiderinnen". They are cutting up the branches that ten garden owners have donated this year. From 17 p.m., the wreath makers and also the decoration department arrive, which refines the blanks one floor below.

Skill is required in the decoration department. © Msc

Downstairs in the craft room, creativity is required, stimulated by candles, ribbons, pine cones, everyone follows their own inspiration. Containers full of decorative material are ready like in a craft store. Alexandra Hoffmann attaches a small wooden locomotive to a wreath with a hot glue gun. "It's for kindergarten," she explains. Sabine Stiegler decorates a wreath with red candles and cinnamon sticks: "Most people want traditional colours".

The Santa Clauses with a beard made of pampas grass and a red Christmas ornament as a nose are original. "The body is a tin can, there was dog food in it," says Sabine Schott and smiles: "We recycle everything."

Each arrangement is unique. Sabine Schott puts the finishing touches to the exhibition and sets up the wicks. © Msc

Katharina (11) has come with her grandmother, she heats a wire over a candle flame and carefully pushes it into the bottom of a honey-colored candle, which she then cleverly inserts into the wreath.

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In the farthest cellar room it is dark and cool, on shelves and tables there are over a hundred arrangements and handicrafts. The result of 14 days of work. Each piece is unique. A festive splendour! Women can get excited about this Christmas decoration every year. "Preparations begin as early as July, when we collect initial ideas," says Gertraud Karl. And then Siegfried Juretzky starts with the woodwork, sawing stars, Santa Clauses, angels. Then it's time to tinker. "And from October onwards, we will have Christmas," says Jirina Krypczyk.

The women donate between 3000 and 5000 euros annually to social projects

The cheerful atmosphere connects. "We are a good team, many of whom have been with us for years, but we are also happy to welcome new helpers," says Gertraud Karl. The campaign strengthens the contact. And it serves a good cause. The women donate between 3000 and 5000 euros annually to social projects.

Fun atmosphere in the foyer: Here, the fir branches are tied into even wreaths. © Msc

On the Thursday before the First Advent, they set up the Advent exhibition in the parish hall. "The priest blesses everything, and we have pizza," says Karl. And yesterday, Friday, from 8 a.m., it was high time to equip yourself with an Advent wreath. Customers walk along the 30-metre-long rows of tables and look for their very own personal companion through the Advent season.

Christmas market: The parish of St. Stefan will also be present at the Christmas market in Putzbrunn, on 2 and 3 December, Saturday from 15 to 18 p.m. and Sunday from 14 to 18 p.m.

Source: merkur

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