The story behind the Christmas wreath

The story behind the Christmas wreath

The Christmas wreath is a long standing tradition steeped in history. Many believe that wreaths were originally hung on doors in Ancient Rome at times of victory. However, the word ‘wreath’ is actually derived from an old English word meaning to twist. Christmas wreaths have long been created using fresh evergreens. Evergreens, hence the name, are green all year round. So they were and still are the obvious choice for wreaths and other festive decorations during the winter months.

The circular shape of the wreath symbolises, eternity, with no beginning or end, representing Jesus Christ in Christianity. Wreaths were typically used as table decorations and were decorated with four candles, three adorning the exterior and one in the middle. The outer candles were lit throughout the Christmas period. The middle candle was only lit on Christmas Eve to symbolise the arrival of Jesus Christ.

In the early 19th century it became tradition to lay wreaths or crosses on graves to honour the dead. The wreaths would then be brought home by family members to use as part of their Christmas decorations.

Wreaths are now given as gifts to loved ones and are once again hung on doors throughout the festive season.

Our specialist florists are continually creating stunning Christmas wreaths for your enjoyment. Each wreath is made by hand at our Chelsea florists. You can purchase wreaths online or contact us to enquire about bespoke made to order wreaths, on 020 7351 7996.

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