Dec 7
2010

Handmade Olive Branch Wreath—Lindsay Olives & Meals On Wheels Bringing Hope to the Holidays (+ A Giveaway!)

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Do you remember seeing the photos of my table setting at my POM Party?  If you do, you might remember the wreath that was in the center of the table.

POM Party Table Decor

Not only is the wreath beautiful looking, but it represents a beautiful message.  Lindsay Olives sent me the wreath last month in an effort to get the message out about their partnership during this holiday season with Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)Lindsay Olives is selling the wreaths, handmade from freshly harvested California olive branches, along with branches from bay and eucalyptus trees, and giving all proceeds from the wreath sales to MOWAA.  MOWAA is a wonderful organization that provides seniors with warm, nutritious meals.

wreath 2

I love the symbolism inherent in this project. The olive tree and olive branch represent a history rich with symbolism in many cultures around the world.  According to “the Pengiun Dictionary of Symbols” by Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant, “This tree possess a wealth of symbolism – peace, fruitfulness, purification, strength, victory and reward. In Ancient Greece the tree was sacred to Athene and the first olive, which sprang from her quarrel with Poseidon, was preserved as a treasure behind the Erechtheum.In Jewish and Christian tradition, the olive is a symbol of peace and it was an olive-branch which the dove brought back to Noah when the Flood was over.  And old legend tells that Christ’s cross was made of olive-and cedar-wood.  For Islam, the olive is the central tree, the World axis, a symbol of Universal Man and of the Prophet.” –“The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols” by Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant. (Penguin Group, London, 1996).  I love the idea that by buying a wreath made of olive branches you are literally providing someone else with a bit of peace and strength during this holiday season.  In addition, you are decorating with a beautiful environmentally friendly product!

The wreaths are available in two sizes. The 12-inch round wreath is just $30 and the larger 16-inch wreath is only $35.  If you’ve ever bought fresh greenery before, you’ll know that this is a wonderful bargain, made even more wonderful by the fact that it the proceeds are going to help a worthwhile cause!  The wreaths start out very green and as they dry they turn to a beautiful silvery green color.  Mine is just as beautiful now as it was a month ago!

Olive Branch Wreath

Lindsay Olives has generously offered a wreath for one La Fuji Mama reader!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below.

Bonus Entries: (*Each bonus entry requires a separate comment to be counted!*)

2. Follow @fujimama on Twitter. RT this post and then come back and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so. NOTE: You must be following @fujimama for this entry to count.  You can even just copy and paste this tweet to make it easy: “I just entered to win a beautiful handmade olive branch wreath from @fujimama and Lindsay Olives. http://su.pr/7C5h1K”

3. Like La Fuji Mama on Facebook. Come back and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so (or if you already “like” me on Facebook).

4. Like Lindsay Olives on Facebook.  Come back and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so (or if you already “like” them on Facebook).

4. Sign up for our RSS Feed or Email Subscription.  Come back and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so (or if you’re already a subscriber).

Giveaway ends Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 10pm PST.  The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Monday, December 13th, 2010.  Open to US residents.


* Disclosure: La Fuji Mama was given a wreath for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

that’s an absolutely stunning wreath! i’ll take 2 (OK, fine, i won’t be greedy…one is perfect ;))

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Elizabeth December 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

How pretty! A centerpiece for the holidays would be lovely.

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Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef December 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I would love a wreath. It’s so gorgeous. I might have to buy one if I don’t win!

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Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef December 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I just tweeted since I already am a follower.

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Caroline December 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

how pretty! and what a lovely message!

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Caroline December 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I’m already a follower!

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Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef December 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I am a FB fan already! That is how I learned of the giveaway.

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Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef December 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I’m now followng Lindsay on FB.

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Natalie December 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

What a beautiful wreath! Thank you for the chance to win :)

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Natalie December 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

And I “like” you on Facebook!!

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Kay December 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

What a great giveaway! Perfect for the holidays :o)

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Kimiko December 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Oh I would love to have a wreath! These are so pretty!

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Kimiko December 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I already like you on FB. :)

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Kay December 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I just Tweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Kay819/status/12253642694336513

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She's Cookin' December 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Beautiful wreath and for a worthy cause!

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Olga @ MangoTomato December 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

it’s so very pretty!

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She's Cookin' December 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I already like you on FB!

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She's Cookin' December 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I follow you and Twitter and just sent a tweet about the giveaway!

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} December 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I’d love to win that pretty wreath!

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} December 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm


Cecilia December 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Beautiful wreath!

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Cecilia December 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I follow you on twitter and just tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

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notyet100 December 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

wow the wreath looks so good,..;-)

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Jean December 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

What a beautiful wreath and a very wonderful cause!

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Paula - bell'alimento December 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

These wreaths are absolutely STUNNING in person and are for such a good cause! They would make AWESOME gifts too ; ) Just beautiful!

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Amanda- Something Savory December 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Oh I’ve been wanting a wreath!

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Amanda- Something Savory December 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I follow your rss feed!

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Sharon December 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Oh, it’s lovely! I would love to decorate with this wreath!

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Sharon December 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I am one of your email subscribers.

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Sharon December 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I am one of your FB fans.

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Sharon December 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I follow Lindsey Olives on FB (new fan).

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Mac December 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Beautiful wreath, and great cause! Thank you for the lovely giveaway :-)

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stacy December 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

The wreath is so pretty! I already bought one and I’d love a second one!!

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stacy December 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I already ‘like’ you on FB!

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stacy December 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I ‘like’ Lindsay Olives now too!

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stacy December 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm


Rose in Ohio December 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I had one of the large wreaths sent to my stepdaughter’s home in MN at Thanksgiving. She was thrilled with it!

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Rose in Ohio December 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I subscribe to your blog via email.

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Deanna December 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

A wreath would be lovely!

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Deanna December 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I subscribe via email.

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Fuji Nana December 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I’d love a wreath. In fact, I’d love one so much that I think I’ll buy one, then hope for a SECOND one to come my way! I’d love to give it to a friend.

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Katherine December 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

The wreath is beautiful!

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Fuji Nana December 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I definitely like you on Facebook, and at home, and in the mall, and at the grocery store, and . . .

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Katherine December 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I’m an email subscriber.

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Fuji Nana December 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I have an e-mail subscription.

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Katherine December 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I like you on FB.

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Nancy@acommunaltable December 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

What a gorgeous wreath.. I remember when I read your POM post I wondered about it!!
Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization – my Aunt has worked with them for years and years and I have several friends who volunteer as drivers. It’s also one of things on my “post kids” list!!

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Betsy December 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

I can already smell the beautiful smells of this wreath.

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Amy D. December 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

How beautiful! A centerpiece to give my mom for the holidays would be perfect :)

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KarenP December 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

Beautiful wreath!

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