Holiday Embellishment Of Green: The Adornment Of The Christmas Wreath

A Symbol Of Christmas:  The Holiday Wreath
A Symbol Of Christmas: The Holiday Wreath

The Christmas wreath. A traditional element that, perhaps, represents the first sign of Christmas. The wreath of green that embellishes a front door not only presents a welcoming appeal, but symbolizes Christmas. Delight and Holiday cheer for all that view the ring of green that iconically returns to bedeck our doors. Oh, the beauty of the Christmas wreath. The fragrant, live wreaths are commonly formed with sprigs of white pine, holly, boxwood and hemlock and other mixed greenery. Termed as “an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs or other various materials constructed to resemble a ring”, it is the wreath of green that perhaps beckons us at the arrival of the Holidays. Perhaps it truly marks the arrival of the Holidays to adorn our spaces with circular style in natural, fragrant appeal

Of interest, the word “Wreath” is derived from Middle English and from Old English “Writha” or “Band”. Certainly, this “band” of green has a history of symbolism that is tied to Ancient times. In ancient Rome, the decoration with wreaths proclaimed the sign of victory. Alas, the glory of the Laurel Wreath. The Bay Laurel wreath, known as the “Laurel Wreath” links Ancient Greece to the wreaths of laurel leaves that crowned victors of athletic competitions of the ancient Olympic games. The symbolism of the wreath carried forward throughout the centuries. Perhaps the Advent Wreath of Christian Germanic practices within Eastern Europe of a ring of gathered evergreens during December’s bleak darkness paired with the glow of candles represented the renewal of Spring and light. The tradition of the Advent Wreath continued and by the 16th century, both Catholics and Protestants throughout Germany held the wreaths of evergreens as symbols of celebration of the Advent (termed as “a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas”). The arrival of Christmas in a ring of fragrant evergreens that prevail in the harshest of Winter climates. The ring of pine and evergreen sprigs that presents a circular shape, without beginning and end, of distinction. Holiday distinction in an embellishment of green

The Elegance & Simplicity Of A Christmas Wreath
The Elegance & Simplicity Of A Christmas Wreath
Sprigs Of Pine & Mixed Greenery:  Holiday Delights
Sprigs Of Pine & Mixed Greenery: Holiday Delights
A Ring Of Recognizable Seasonal Distinction:  The Christmas Wreath
A Ring Of Recognizable Seasonal Distinction: The Christmas Wreath
Seasonal Appeal:  Evergreen Wreaths Of Green
Seasonal Appeal: Evergreen Wreaths Of Green
Festive Embellishments Of  The Season:  The Christmas Wreath
Festive Embellishments Of The Season: The Christmas Wreath

Whether adorning a front door or decorating a mantle of a hearth, whether the wreath is traditional or blends a creative, unique display, the inclusion of the Christmas wreath marks festively the arrival of the Holiday season. No matter how the wreath is enhanced with ribbons or bows, with simple natural elements of interest or simplicity , the wreath is an iconic element of Christmas. The Holiday embellishment of green. The delightful fragrant and visual adornment of the Christmas wreath, indeed…

Kristin

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Embellishment Of Green: The Adornment Of The Christmas Wreath

    1. Thank you for sharing, Rebecca!! I am delighted your enjoyed the post of evergreen wreaths and the history that they are linked to. I truly appreciate knowing that the words and photographs presented provide a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the evergreen ring of green!
      Kristin

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