Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Not your ordinary evergreen...
Do you know the symbolism behind the wreath?
In ancient Greece, they were made of laurels and worn by gods, royalty, Olympians and artists.
In Christian culture, it has become a symbol of Advent, the preparation for the coming of Christ into the world. They're traditionally made from evergreens to represent the everlasting life given through Jesus. The circular shape represents God because it has no beginning and no end.
This classic Christmas decoration can be found in all kinds of colorful forms today. I happen to have a traditional evergreen wreath on my door with a big red bow, but I absolutely love the bright colors found in these. I'm thinking I must expand my wreath collection next year!
Do you have a wreath? Does it hang on your outside door? Inside? What does it look like?