Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Symbolizing eternal hope, the wreath

goes 'round and round.  And where it starts or ends cannot be found.  Woven of things that grow-for life, and hung for holiday delight..."

                      ~Anonymous

Today ushers in winter, and the wreath has been used symbolically for centuries in pre-Christian, Pagan, and Christian cultures.  In earlier times, the Winter Solstice was a time of death and rebirth, a celebration of the end of the ever shortening days and the anticipation of the coming promise of spring.  As part of many celebrations, evergreen wreaths were gathered as a sign of the approaching spring light.  In Sweden, wreaths were fashioned for similar purposes, with the addition of candles that symbolized the power of the sun.

The wreath likewise has a storied history in ancient times. In the Persian Empire, wreaths were believed to be a symbol of importance and success and were worn as headbands.  Ancient Greeks placed wreaths of laurel on the heads of victorious athletes in their Olympic Games. Wreaths were worn similarly to crowns by Roman leaders and were also hung on doorways as a sign of victory.
The Christmas wreath has come to convey its own set of meanings in modern times. Across time, the circle or ring shape of a wreath that has no beginning and no end symbolizes eternity or eternal rebirth. Pre-Christian cultures’ interpretation of the power of evergreens to battle the forces of winter has evolved into a modern representation of eternal life. The vast array of materials that are used to create a modern wreath carry significance as well. Holly represents immortality, for instance, whereas cedar stands for strength. But for many, the wreath’s symbolic attributes are much simpler than all this. The Christmas wreath has evolved into a sign of welcoming and an acknowledgment of holiday.
Down the road here, is a wonderful small nursery...on Route 9 just north of the zoo...
And they are stocked with handcrafted...
They make everything from freshly cut materials, and they will create to order.  Pick a plain wreath and pick some ribbon...they have rolls and rolls of varied ribbons...
The little shop has a variety of arrangements and ideas for decorating...and not just for Christmas...how about something to brighten a cold winter's day...take a photo tour...




There is also a little outbuilding packed with antique/vintage goodies as well as traditional seasonal floral fancies...









Shopping in small venues is more personable than the big boxes.  Wandering around just frees the spirit...Christmas is more than "black" or "gray" days...more than 24/7 buying frenzies.  Christmas is finding a special wreath that someone lovingly assembled...
It is a creative idea for a post...
or a mailbox ...

or a window...
It is buying local...supporting those who live in your neighborhood...who work creatively...


 If you are in the area, stop in...get some greenery for January!  Think out of the holiday box...they will be there from 9 in the morning until 4...or give them a call...(609)465-7465...
"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. "
                                                                  ~John Boswell

1 comment:

Guernsey Girl said...

Wonderful photos - wonderful post. I hope you enjoy the festive season!