Fresh fragrance adds appeal to Christmas centerpiece project

The scent of fresh cedar, fir, and pine was in the air while participants were working on their "Scents of Christmas"

Beautiful: Carolyn McLaren displays her finished “Scents of Christmas” centerpiece.

The scent of fresh cedar, fir, and pine was in the air while participants were working on their “Scents of Christmas” centerpiece projects.

Janet Rathjen hosted a two-hour workshop in the gymnasium of the Bentley Community Church (BCC) on December 10 that involved live, fresh-cut evergreen branches, candles and candleholders, and additional Christmas decorations.

“It was interesting and fun,” Rathjen said. “Everybody started with the same supplies, and yet everyone’s finished project was so different and unique. Some were smaller and some were bigger. Some were taller and some were shorter.”

Evergreen branches were inserted into wet oasis floral foam to keep them moist and help retain the wonderful aroma for the holidays and then festooned with various ornaments of the designer’s choice that had been brought along.

A recipe exchange and visiting in front of the relaxing BCC fireplace followed while relaxing and enjoying hot apple cider, coffee, and shared snacks/goodies.