You probably adorn your door with a wreath during the holidays. But have you ever been curious of its significance? We’ll start our little history lesson with the word “wreath.” It comes from the old English word “writhen” which means “twisted,” or “to writhe,” relating to its circular form.
There have been many different types of wreaths, varying according to the reasons why they’re made, the way they’re displayed, the materials they’re made from and their symbolism in the cultures where they’ve appeared.
Historians date wreaths back to the Persian Empire, where royalty and the upper class wore fabric versions as headbands adorned with jewels. In Ancient Greece, handmade laurel wreaths were used as crowns for athletes, military heroes and wedding parties to signify victory and pride. Egyptian, Hebrew and Chinese cultures used evergreen branches to symbolize eternal life. Later, Catholics and Christians applied the circular metaphor to Christ, and Druid priests believed in the magical powers of holly, making it a popular Christmas decoration. Holly and Christmas wreaths came to stand for peace, joy, and contentment.
In Sweden and Germany, evergreen wreaths – with the addition of candles to represent the power of the sun – are known as Advent wreaths, used as part of many celebrations and a sign of the approaching spring light during the Winter Solstice.
Wreaths are Versatile!
No matter what you’re celebrating or what your particular style is, Gaia Flowers, Plants and Gifts can wreathe the perfect symbol of your holiday spirit! Call us at 702-997-0222 or stop by 6 E. Charleston Blvd. and let one of our talented florists create a custom wreath as a gift or to add to your holiday decor.