Kissing Ball Workshop

You’re invited to take part in a workshop on Sunday, December 4th at 1pm. Though we cannot offer our traditional wreath making workshop any longer, we will offer a workshop to create a traditional Kissing Ball. Don’t know what a Kissing Ball is? Read on!

During the middle ages, villagers would wind together twine and evergreen branches into a loose ball shape. In the center of these evergreen boughs they would place a clay figure to represent the baby Jesus. These “holy boughs” as they were called, would be hung from the ceiling along passageways in castles and homes to render blessings and good luck to all who passed under the bough and the holy infant.

By the end of the 19th century, the kissing ball symbolized romantic love. One custom had a kissing ball with a sprig of mistletoe hanging from it. This ball would be hung up in a special place at a party. Unmarried women would line up and stand underneath, and the unmarried men would line up to kiss the ladies!

Registration is LIMITED to 30 crafters, and we can only offer 1 session at 1pm on December 4. Everyone must register ONLINE by going to the WORKSHOPS page on our website Please register individually. If you are registering for a 2nd person you must do it separately. If you get a message that the max has been reached, sorry! The cost to make the Kissing Ball is $20 payable on the day of the event in cash or (local) check only.

We will have some fresh greens ready but it would be helpful if you can bring some. Holly, boxwood, fir, cedar and even yew work well. So if it’s time to trim that holly bush scratching your car, snip some 8″ lengths, fill a paper grocery bag full and bring them along. All other materials will be provided.

If you’d like to bring a Christmas treat to share with others that’d be great. Coffee and mulled cider will be ready for you.

Call the park office at 203-287-2669 for a recorded message should we have to cancel due to inclement weather or check our social media accounts on IG and FB or the FOB website.

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