Christmas Trivia - Wreaths

Why are wreaths associated with Christmas?

A wreath is any assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, branches, or twigs arranged in a ring.

Wreath arrangements were a well-developed form in ancient Greece and Rome, and before that among the Etruscans.

The first association between wreaths and Christmas was the Advent Wreath. Advent wreaths burn one candle for each of the four weeks prior to Christmas. The Advent wreath was evolved from Pagan wreath rituals in winter festivals, which burned candles in wreaths to symbolize the everlasting light that would return after the solstice.

Christmas wreaths, without candles, but shaped as a circle of evergreens, evolved from the same ancient tradition, and are said by Christians to represent the strong, eternal, renewing nature of Christ.


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