This season welcome your family, friends and guests with open arms, big smile and jolly seasonal handmade Christmas wreaths.

It’s again that time of the year, when we unleash our creativity and craving for beauty and originality in decorating our homes for the coming greatest holiday in the Christian world – Christmas. And while inside the home is filled with sweet aromas and the holiday ambiance is lit by soft candlelight, the outside decorations tend to be more festive and welcoming.

One of the most popular Christmas traditions is to décorate the front door with a beautiful wreath, to extend your warm welcome to everybody who comes by.

Truth is however that most people don’t think of the rich history behind these beautiful decorations. The wreath, as a decorative piece and a sign of victory and celebration, is an ancient art that dates back to millennia before the Christmas tradition.

The use of evergreens and wreaths as symbols of life was a popular custom in the ancient world of the Persians, Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, and Hebrews, among other peoples and cultures.

The word ‘wreath’ comes from old English and Germanic words meaning ‘band’ and ‘twist’. And indeed, the handmade Christmas wreaths were traditionally made by twisting evergreen branches into a large circle which was then beautifully decorated with red bows and bands, pinecones and other seasonal decorative items. Every family tended to show off with a personalized wreath, proudly displaying it on the front door of their home and welcoming friends and guests for the seasonal festivities.

Did you know?

In the past, people in many towns in Europe would hang wreaths on their doors to identify their homes, just as house numbers are used today. Each house would have a different wreath made and decorated so as to represent what that home and the family living there was most popular for within the local community.

Now you know!

In the traditions of the Christian religion, the Christmas wreath has a strong symbolic meaning. The circle shape and the green color of the evergreens represent Christ’s eternal love, his strength, immortality, and the creation of new life. The red color of the decorative bands, bows and other items on the festive wreath represents the blood of Jesus shed at his crucifixion.

History… Traditions… Symbols… Important and exciting as these are, today Christmas wreaths are beautiful decorative items crafted with lots of creativity, love and passion. We love having them in the entire ensemble of the seasonal decoration of our homes, inside and outside.

Inside, they add a strong festive mood and are mostly displayed on walls, above the fireplace, or hanging from the ceiling chandelier. Often a wreath becomes the centerpiece of the festive Christmas table, adorned with beautiful candles and other Christmas decorations.

Outside, Christmas wreaths are displayed mostly on the front doors. These are usually larger and richly decorated, and often include a jolly welcoming sign.

This Christmas, you can surprise everybody with a unique Christmas wreath chosen from our splendid collection of handmade Christmas wreaths.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to send us pictures of your front door decorated with any of these!

Published in: Christmas Decoration | Author: Rossitsa