Christmas wreaths also sometimes called advent wreaths look beautiful and welcoming to visitors who see them hanging from your front door. The history of Christmas Wreaths is actually pretty neat.
In fact, these wreaths have become so popular and so varied that many people hang them on their doors, over their fireplace, or on a wall over a stand.
Wreaths add color and style to our Christmas decor and have become a tradition in many homes, but have you ever wonder about the history of Christmas wreaths?
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History Of Christmas Wreaths
Origins of Advent Wreaths
The actual origin of the advent wreath actually begins long before the birth of Christ.
During the Pre-Christian era, Germans would gather evergreen branches and make wreaths and lit fires as a sign of hope that spring would once again chase away the cold of winter.
After the birth of Christ when Christianity spread, Christian religion adopted the wreaths as a sign of Christ being the everlasting light.
Advent wreaths would appear in Christian households a month before Christmas and would be made of evergreens, twigs, and berries and hold four candles around the circle of the wreath and one in the wreath’s center.
For a short period each day, the advent candles would be lit.
The first week one candle of the wreath was lit, the second week two candles, the third week 3 candles and the forth week 4 candles with the 5th candle being lit on Christmas eve to signify the arrival of Christ.
Changes in Wreath Designs
All too often wreaths would dry out during the season and the lighting of the candles would result in fires.
As time passed, safety concern led to the removal of candles in the wreaths and changing in customs and interests led to a wider variety in the type of decorations being used in Christmas wreaths.
Electric Christmas lights often replace the candles and other less Christian decorations began to appear.
Today Christmas wreaths can be elegant and sophisticated and a reminder of the Christian roots of a person or family, to encompass the fun atmosphere of the Christmas season with bells, Santas, and even cut little penguins and snowmen.
Today Christmas wreaths can be purchased or homemade, but all encompass the spirit and the fun of this special holiday season.
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