Wreath around the rosy

Christmas wreath

Sitting pretty. This beautiful wreath is a creation of the kids’ babysitter, a.k.a. Mary Poppins. Not only is she crafty and clever, she’s pretty darned talented, too. (If you’re local, these lovely wreaths and more are for sale at Pine Ridge Tree Farm, 5256 Caddy Rd. SW between Sherrodsville & Leesville!)

Christmas wreaths on church doors

The term “Wreath”, curiously enough, is linked to our word “Wrist”, with both terms forming a continuous physical circular shape. It also came from Middle English’s “wrethe”, meaning a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland.

Wreaths have been used symbolically for centuries. The circle or ring shape is symbolic of eternity or eternal life, because the shape has no beginning or end. Back in ancient Rome, this symbol became so powerful that people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Some believe that this is where the hanging of wreaths on doors came from.

Putting plants into the symbolic circular shape symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. Wreaths and other decorations during long winters often consisted of whatever natural materials looked attractive at this bleak time of year. People used candles, fires, evergreens, hollies, berries, and forced blossoms to hold on to the promise of spring.

I’m not ready for spring just yet. In fact, the kids and I have been singing Let It Snow, Let It Snow! Today we’re making a few Christmas ornaments and baking Christmas cookies. We’re doing our best to slow … savor … still what has recently turned into busy lives and frantic days and running to and fro for this and that. To everything there is a season and ours, for today at least, will be the season to secure our wreath around a rosy, cozy day.

Join us? Check out my Christmas board on Pinterest. Lots of fun ideas … including my latest pin: a recipe for Nutella & Sea Salt Fudge. YUM!

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