The home tradition of an Advent wreath has, for better or for worse, invaded our churches.
Sit in that purple chair and render judgment as a new liturgical year commences. How would you handle the Advent wreath in a church? Does it not belong at all: would you be a holdout for keeping it in the home?
If you used it, how would you execute the plan? A small house-sized wreath in some corner of the sanctuary? Put it in the narthex, suspend over the assembly heads, devote a devotional space to it?
What about something big? I knew a parish that used an eight-foot wagon wheel. While that was a good proportion for their large church, it was a pretty hefty display. At one of my parishes, they covered an eight-foot plywood ring with chicken wire, then stripped down two trees to flesh it out. It was mounted on the wall near the baptismal font. A liturgist colleague told me of her parish where the Advent wreath was positioned inside the front entrance. People walked through it on the way on and out–it night have been twelve feet in diameter.
Nothing really teeny or huge for us at the student center: