The History of the Christmas Wreath

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Did you know that the wreath once symbolized VICTORY!?!?

The wreath has a long 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 wreath has been around for centuries. Early cultures placed great importance on the December celebration of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For them, this was a time of endings and beginnings, a celebration of the end of dark winter 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.

Today, still, the Christmas wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality, as the circle and sphere both represent immortality.

Wreath translated literally means, “a thing bound around,” from the Greek word diadema.

There you have it! Hope this comes in handy at your next Holiday Trivia game.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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