There’s nothing that indicates Christmas is coming more than seeing a wreath hanging on people’s front doors. Most of us love to put them on our doors to jazz them up, and they look beautiful, but what do they mean and where are they from?
Historically they have a religious meaning, much like Christmas does, as they represent the everlasting life brought through Jesus. But there are a few other ways wreaths have been used throughout history.
In Greek and Roman mythologies, wreaths are described as a symbol of honour and victory. For example, in Ancient Greece the winners of the Olympic games would be given crown wreaths made of olive, pine, palm, celery and sometimes laurel. It has even been said that as a sign of affection, young lovers in Ancient Greece would hang wreaths on each other’s doorways.
Throughout the centuries wreaths have been used in different cultures for different reasons. In Mexico in the 18th century it is said that nuns wore wreaths on their heads on the day they professed their vows to God, to signify joy and happiness.
Over time the wreath has come to be a circle of holly leaves, foliage and berries, especially in the Western world. It is a beautiful symbol of the miracle of life.
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