Wreaths on our doors are a symbol of welcome. In our home we usually have welcome wreaths on our front door, changing them out according to the season.
But during Advent wreaths take on a whole new meaning. The circle of the wreath signifies eternal life, and the candles of an Advent wreath represent the Light of Christ.
The practice of making holiday wreaths began not long after the advent of Christmas trees in the 16th century. As evergreen trees in northern and eastern Europe were trimmed to fit in homes, the culture of not wasting anything turned excess greenery into circle ornaments, then wreaths. Evergreen trees that thrived through harsh winter symbolized hope, thus placing a circle wreath in a home represented hope in the eternal love of Christ.
I don’t know when wreaths began symbolizing welcome all year around, but in our town of Williamsburg putting up wreaths has been a sign of welcome for years on end.
Holiday wreaths can be a daily reminder: are we putting wreaths on the doors of our hearts for Christ to always be welcome? Are we putting welcome wreaths out for others (especially those different from us) to be at home in our hearts?
grace, peace & holiday wreaths
Virginia : )
“Oh! Like a wreath let Christmas mirth today encircle all the earth, and bind the nations with the love that Jesus brought from heaven above.” Maud Lindsay (1874–1941)