Since ancient times, the circle symbolizes protection. When made into a wreath the circle hung on the door protects the household and brings good tidings to those who are invited to enter.
Traditional wreaths of the Mediterranean are made from laurel. Laurel wreaths are also fashioned into head wreaths as a symbol of achievement. Often athletes, generals, gladiators and politicians were adorned with a wreath to commemorate their victory and show their status.
Harvest wreaths of Northern Europe were created from straw. Straw wreaths were part of the autumnal celebration which included burning of straw icons during the harvest feast or fair.
As Christianity moved across Europe the wreath was transformed into an educational props by German Lutherans. The familiar circle symbol came to represent the everlasting life of Christ in the Advent wreath.
During the Victorian period wreaths were incredibly popular with the floral display communicating message through the Language of the Flowers. Remembrance Day, Valentine’s Day, May Day and Christmas Day were among the ‘must hang a door wreath’ days of the year.
When you hang wreaths on your door, does it have a meaning?