One of the most popular Christmas decorations
Christmas wreaths have long been a staple of Christmas decorating. The tradition of using wreaths as Christmas decorations dates to 16th century Germany, where Lutherans created the Advent wreath. As with most Christmas decorations, the wreath was a symbol of Jesus' birth and God's grace. The evergreens used in the Advent wreath were a symbol of God's "everlasting nature" or immortality. The round shape represented eternity and green was the Church's color of hope and new life. Four candles were placed in the wreath, which was laid flat as opposed to hanging against a door or wall. The four Christmas candles represented the four weeks of Advent, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Each candle also represented the spiritual theme of Advent and the coming birth of Christ: hope, love, joy and peace.
While Advent wreaths can still be found, they're less popular in today's more secular world. You're more likely to find a Christmas wreath gracing a front door. But for what the modern wreath loses in spiritual meaning, it makes up in style. With such a huge variety of wreaths to choose from, you're bound to find the perfect one for your home.
Evergreen wreaths rank among the most popular styles. Reminiscent of the Advent wreath, the evergreen wreath provides a much needed splash of color against the white winter landscape. Holly, ivy and pinecones are often incorporated into evergreen wreaths. In fact, evergreens, most notably pine boughs, are the basis of many Christmas wreaths. Combine it with dried grapevines, fake apples and bay leaves for a "nature inspired" wreath. For a fragrant wreath, make one with rosemary boughs. Add a simple white ribbon and you have the perfect beautiful gray-blue wreath. If you can't find what you want in the stores consider making your own wreath. There are all kinds of different christmas projects you can make yourself.
While most wreaths are found hanging on the outside of the front door, wreaths can be hung throughout the house. Hang a large one above the fireplace mantel. It might even rival Christmas trees as the focal point of the room! Hang mini wreaths from door knobs. Tie lightweight wreaths to the backs of chairs. Some transport truck drivers even tie Christmas Wreaths to the front of their trucks. While this might not be the best option for your car, it demonstrates the variety of ways that Christmas wreaths can be used as a holiday decoration.