There are many sights during the festive period that give you the warm fuzzy feeling that Christmas is just around the corner. Whether it be reindeers on the roof, lights hanging from the windows, a blow-up Santa in the garden, or a ring-shaped assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits and twigs adorning the front door.
Yes the humble Advent wreath may not receive the same adoration as voice-controlled lights or projections of giant snowflakes, but look at any home without one in the run up to Christmas and there just seems to be a little yuletide magic missing.
They’re a popular household ornament, but why do we hang wreaths up, especially during the holiday season?
Wreaths were a common design used in ancient times in southern Europe, notably in jewellery made of gold or other precious metals during the Etruscan civilisation. Wreaths were worn as crowns by Etruscan rulers and this symbolism continued to be used in Ancient Greece and Rome.
In the Greco-Roman world, wreaths were used as an adornment that could represent a person’s occupation, rank, achievements or status and were made from different types of plants to symbolise various meanings.
The most common wreath was made of connected branches and leaves of the bay laurel and was a symbol of triumph that would be awarded to victors in athletic competitions. At the ancient Olympic Games, the victor would receive a similarly shaped wreath that was made from the branch of a wild olive tree and intertwined to form a circle or horse-shoe.
In Christianity, wreaths have been used to observe the Advent season since the 16th century, where they were first used by Lutherans in Germany. Advent and Christmas wreaths are constructed of evergreens to represent the everlasting life brought through Jesus, while the circular shape epitomises God, with no beginning and end.
While Advent wreaths are erected on stands or placed on tables, Christmas wreaths are often hung on doors or walls and serve as popular festive décor.
A wreath is not just for Christmas however, as a rise in trends such as doorscaping have seen popularity for seasonal-themed wreaths skyrocketed over the last few years, as those with a creative flair have taken to Instagram to show off their fancy home exteriors.
With wreaths now becoming more popular all year round, not just for the holidays, we at Barsigns.UK are delighted to have teamed up with Cherish Designs to offer some truly unique, handcrafted wreaths for every season.
All wreaths from Cherish Designs are handmade from high-quality materials and can be personalised to your specification, whether that’s by adding more yellow, orange and red leaves for the autumnal period or maybe some daffodils for the spring.
With endless personalisation available, you can be sure that each and every Cherish Designs wreath is unique to you and your home and will make you stand out from the crowd!
Get in touch with Barsigns.UK today to order a one-of-a-kind decoration that will really brighten up your space, whether it’s placed on the inside or out!