Christmas Decoration Time Is Here…Why Do We Hang Christmas Wreaths?

By  | December 1, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

December is here!  Time to get those decorations for Christmas up!   But did you know…

The wreath is one of the most popular decorations during the Christmas holiday season.   Christmas wreaths have certainly become an important part of modern December holiday traditions, but they actually have a long history of symbolism spanning many different cultures.

The wreath has been used symbolically for centuries. Pre-Christian, or Pagan, cultures placed much importance on the December celebration of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For them, this was a time of death and rebirth, a celebration of the end of the ever shortening days and the anticipation of the coming promise of spring. As part of many celebrations, evergreen wreaths were gathered as a sign of the approaching spring light. In Sweden, wreaths were fashioned for similar purposes, with the addition of candles that symbolized the power of the sun.decoration-ideas-astounding-image-of-accessories-for-christmas-decoration-using-natural-round-green-leaves-pinecone-large-artificial-christmas-wreath-amazing-christmas-decoration-with-large

In the Persian Empire, wreaths were believed to be a symbol of importance and success, and were worn as headbands. Ancient Greeks placed wreaths of laurel on the heads of victorious athletes in their Olympic Games. Wreaths were worn similarly to crowns by Roman leaders and were also hung on doorways as a sign of victory.

f882d0534e2c743a19a9e3073565053dThe Christmas wreath has come to convey its own set of meanings in modern times. Across time, the circle or ring shape of a wreath that has no beginning and no end symbolizes eternity or eternal rebirth. Pre-Christian cultures’ interpretation of the power of evergreens to battle the forces of winter has evolved into a modern representation of eternal life.  The vast array of materials that are used to create a modern wreath carry significance as well. Holly represents immortality, for instance, whereas cedar stands for strength. But for many, the wreath’s symbolic attributes are much simpler than all this. The Christmas wreath has evolved into a sign of welcoming and an acknowledgment of holiday cheer for this season that emphasizes generosity, giving, and the gathering of loved ones.

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