Have you ever wondered why we place a wreath on the door in the fall? The story starts in ancient Greece, where farmers would take strands of their crops, mostly wheat, and braid or weave them with red and white yarns and place on their door in thanksgiving for the crop. The Greeks believed that the wreath would protect them from plagues and crop failures and as a symbol of that good luck, was hung for the whole year. The typical shape is round, to represent eternity, or eternal gratitude.
In Europe, in the early days, the wreath was the identity of the home, much like house numbers are today. Each wreath was a unique combination of flowers and plants, usually grown in their own greenhouses. What a fun way to identify homes: head south on the road, pass the Rose Wreath, until you get to the Lily Wreath. Turn left, the first house with the Daisy Wreath is what you're looking for! (how fun!)
At Christmas, the wreath is round for eternity and evergreens are used as they represent strength. The traditional colors of green and red have meaning, too. The red is the blood of Christ and the green is for the continuation of life.
I love learning new things! Now, look below, which are your favorites?
Cranberry Wreath – by A Beautiful Mess
Burlap Wreath with Accent Ribbon – by Kennary
Monogram Wreath – by Lil’ Luna
Elegant Autumn Wreath – by Positively Splendid
Colored Denim Scrap Wreath – by Crafts by Amanda
Paper Hydrangea Wreath –by Lia Griffith
Glittered Fall Leaf Wreath – by Uncommon Designs
Canning Lid Wreath – by Funky Junk Interiors
Book Page Wreath – by Knick of Time
Fall Paper Leaf Wreath – by Burlap and Blue
Whimsical Clothespin Wreath – by Ribbons and Glue
Fall Hydrangea Wreath – by Simply Designing
Burlap and Yarn Ruffle Wreath – by Nemcsok Farms
Fall Pumpkin Wreath – by Skip to My Lou
Black Licorice Wreath – by Saved By Love Creations