There are many symbols of this holiday season, but one of the oldest is the wreath. The unbroken circle represents wholeness and because a wreath is typically made of evergreen material, it’s a symbol of everlasting life.
Traditionally a wreath is found hanging on a front door, but these evergreen decorations can be used in other ways. Just use your imagination! Here are three ways I use wreaths in my home.
CREATE A CENTERPIECE WITH A WREATH
Set a wreath in the center of a table and embellish with fruit, glass balls, pinecones – anything you have on hand. You can place candles in hurricane holders, a bowl of more greenery or a vase in the center of the wreath.
GIVE A WREATH AS A GIFT
Wreaths make wonderful gifts that you can personalize with trinkets or ornaments. Buy a wreath already decked out with a bow and tie on embellishments with green floral wire. Choose a theme that matches the recipient’s tastes or hobbies.
HANG WREATHS INDOORS AND OUT
I use wreaths both indoors and out. I hang a trio of them on my kitchen windows and on the foot boards of beds. Outside I put them on gates, windows and, of course, the front door.
Images courtesy of P. Allen Smith
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