History of the Wreath
wreath has a long history and many religious associations dating back to
the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. Originally, the circlet was
called a "diadem" and took the form of fabric headbands which
were sometimes adorned with jewels. Beginning in 776 B.C., wreaths made
of laurel leaves were used to crown victors of Olympic Games. Later,
when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would
award head garlands made of branches of local trees.
making of wreaths is an ancient and honored art that began about a
thousand years before the birth of Christ. The Christmas Wreath
symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter.
In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and
celebration. the custom of hanging a wreath on the front door of
your home probably came from this practice. At Christmas, the
wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality. the circle and the
sphere are symbols of immortality. The use of evergreens and
wreaths as symbols of life was also an ancient custom of the Egyptians,
Chinese, and Hebrews among other people.
Did you Know
In the early days in Europe, people would put wreaths on their doors to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today. Each house would have a different wreath made of quite exotic flowers, most likely grown by the home owner right on their own land. Today, wreaths are a common custom in New England, with a different wreath for each season.
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