Christmas Wreaths - History

The ancient Romans used ornamental wreaths as a victory sign

Many think that this is when hanging of wreaths upon doors originated. A special category of wreath, often labeled an Advent Wreaths, is employed to denote the passing of four Sundays in the Christianity Advent season. Also they are used as a festive type of headdress as apparel in ceremonial proceedings in numerous cultures around the world The Advent wreath beginnings are found within the Germanic pre-Christian peoples folk practices who, during Eastern Europe's cold December darkness, gathered evergreen wreaths and lit fires as symbols of hope for the coming spring with it's renewed light.

Christians are the ones who kept these popular customs going, and beginning with the 16th century Protestants and Catholics all through Germany employed these symbols to commemorate the Advent hope they had in Christ, the light everlasting. And from Germany using the Advent wreath broadened onto other Christian world regions. Customarily, the wreath is created with four candles within an evergreen circle while a fifth candle is placed in the center. Three of the candles are violet while the fourth one is rose, although four violet candles or four white candles can be used also. At home. each day, the candles are lit, prior to the evening supper-- one candle for the first week, with another for each succeeding week up to December 25th. A brief prayer often accompanies the lighting of every one of the candles. The last candle to be lit is the one in the middle. Lighting of this last candle occurs during Christmas Eve. It symbolizes the rebirth of Jesus Christ.


Typically a wreath is made from assorted leaves, flowers, twigs, fruits, including various other materials that are made up to remind one of a ring. These wreaths are most often used as decorations of Christmas in the celebration of Christ's birth.. Wreaths have s great deal of history and symbolism connected with them. Typically they are made up of evergreens and are a symbol of strength, because evergreens last all throughout the most harsh winters. Bay laurel is also often used, while these wreaths are simply called laurel wreath


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