The pinecones are not just decorative, they have spirtual meaning - pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. Some of the ever green sprays we bought in either purple or pink, also have little gold pinecones.
Here is a close up of one of the advent candles - the Gaudete Sunday candle which is rose. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.
Another close up of the pinecones...
The evergreen peeps out beautifully over the pinecones and have been glued to the gold foam ring. I chose where the end of the spray needed to be pushed into the foam and made the hole, the children took it in turns dipping the end of the spray into the thick glue and then pushing it down into the hole to set firm. There are two different designs of spray - one with a present, gold pinecone, bell, berries and different types of evergreen. The other design with a ball, pear and present with evergreen. Each design in the matching colour of the candle are placed on either side.
Here are some close ups of the evergreen sprays, you can see the gold foam peeping through the sprays and pinecones, here and there.
Here are the two different designs in purple, side by side. The purple colour in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time.