Why do we use wreaths in our holiday decorations, and where did this tradition begin?The term “Wreath”, curiously enough, is linked to our word “Wrist”, with both terms forming a continuous physical circular shape. It also came from Middle English’s “wrethe”, meaning a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland.
Wreaths have been used symbolically for centuries. The circle or ring shape is symbolic of eternity or eternal life, because the shape has no beginning or end. Back in ancient Rome, this symbol became so powerful that people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Some believe that this is where the hanging of wreaths on doors came from.
Putting plants into the symbolic circular shape symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. Wreaths and other decorations during long winters often consisted of whatever natural materials looked attractive at this bleak time of year. People used candles, fires, evergreens, hollies, berries, and forced blossoms to hold on to the promise of spring.
I had several small vine wreaths in my stash, just the right size for a Christmas ornament. Using two long strands of ribbon, I looped them around the top of the wreath and then used one strand to tie a bow and make a hanger, the other strand was wrapped around the wreath and secured with hot glue.
Next, I pulled a couple strands of berries from an old decoration and attached with hot glue.
Kiddos could have lots of fun decorating their wreath with natural materials they find around the yard like the Legend suggests.