When it’s getting to be time for Christmas, there are few decorating items that always seem to come up that mean symbolize the start of the Christmas Season, and one of those is the outdoor holiday wreath.
Originally, wreaths had a variety of meanings. They were used as symbols of victories in athletic competition, as in the laurel wreaths that were place on the heads of the winners of the original Olympic competitions. You can still see this idea in one of its present day formats, when you see a garland being hung around the neck of a winning horse after the race.
But for Xmas, the wreath took on a new set of symbols. Since the outdoor wreaths are generally evergreen in construction, this took on the meaning of everlasting life. Often the wreaths were decorated with red or white berries which became symbols of the promise of the new life. Altogether, having a wreath hung by your door during the Christmas season meant you were expecting really good things in your life.
Nowadays, Xmas has become a bit more commercial in nature and there are certain things that businesses usually include in their list of official Christmas decorations. Trees, of course, are tat the top of the list, and sometimes, artificial fireplace setups with little stockings with the names of all the employees. And, of course wreaths are extremely popular.
Lots of people do not know where the original symbology of wreaths came from or why they are so prominent in holiday decoration themes. But that doesn’t matter, because the wreaths are everywhere at Christmas.
These days, you can find Christmas wreaths made out of a large variety of materials rather than simply the evergreen pine or holly wreaths. Many people enjoy making their own wreaths and there are many materials that are used for that process as well. One of the favorite things to make wreaths from are pinecones.
These are pretty easy to find online to buy. You can make a Christmas pinecone wreath from pine cones that you find on your own at your home. The trouble is that many small creatures like to make the pinecones their winter homes. And in order to makes sure that your wreath is not full of bugs and things, you need to pop the pinecones into your microwave to make sure all little creatures that might be in the pine cones are dead.
No matter what material your Christmas outdoor door wreaths are made from they can bring a large amount of holiday cheer to your home and create a nice welcoming sign for your neighbors to stop by for a holiday greeting.