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Symbolism of the Christmas Wreath

Do you know why we hang wreaths during the Christmas season, Dear Reader? I didn't, and so I went looking for more information.

Wreaths date back to the dinosaurs Romans, who used them to represent good health and life and to recognize royalty, the upper class, and athletic victors. Some early Europeans displayed evergreen wreaths in the hope that it would bring an earlier spring.

These days, people typically display wreaths only during the holiday season. Nothing says Christmas like the smell of a fresh evergreen wreath, right?

See my next post for a review of a very nice wreath I received from Grandma D's Wreath and Tree Farm

Christians often hang wreaths on their doors during the Christmas season to welcome guests into their homes and to represent their never-ending love for Jesus Christ. As the wreath has no beginning and no end, it is commonly used to symbolize our eternal God and everlasting life in his glory.

Evergreens are most often used for wreaths because they stay vibrant (faithful) even during the dark bleakness of winter. They're decorated with pine cones and other seeds to symbolize life and rebirth.

Some Christians display their wreaths flat on the table as an advent wreath, adorned with four or five candles, one for each week of the Advent. The lighting of the candles anticipates the arrival of The Light (the birth of Jesus Christ).

Ideas for using wreaths to decorate your home
My review of Grandma D's Wreath and Tree Farm

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3 thoughts on “Symbolism of the Christmas Wreath”

  1. I like that! Very interesting.

    I love those rectangle wreaths too… although I guess that wouldn’t work quite so well with the ‘ring’ symbolism, eh?

    The seeds bit is interesting, as is the ‘faithful in bleak times’ bit. Wow.

  2. I like that! Very interesting. I love those rectangle wreaths too… although I guess that wouldn’t work quite so well with the ‘ring’ symbolism, eh?The seeds bit is interesting, as is the ‘faithful in bleak times’ bit. Wow.

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