This morning I took some time away from the chaos and spent a few hours making wreaths with a friend; it was such a respite in what is such a busy time of year to take a morning just to make wreaths and drink tea without distractions. We both agreed it would be a new tradition!
We started with wire wreath forms and began with a somewhat sparse first layer of fir branches, going around in a spiral. We wired these on with floral wire, and then added another base layer of another fir. Finally we filled in with cedar, white pine, and holly. I love the earthy look that the spiral formation gives (rather than a more traditional "filled in" wreath). You could add ribbon or other decorative elements; I think I might leave mine plain because I like the natural look.