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Christmas Wreath Making

Wreaths remain a popular Christmas decoration, adorning front doors the world-over throughout the month of December. Traditionally evergreen, today it’s common to see a variety of sizes, colours, and materials. Explore where this tradition came from, discover some of the most popular designs, and if you’re feeling inspired, perhaps come along to our popular Christmas Wreath Workshop in December to create your own.

A Brief History of Christmas Wreaths

There are two main theories surrounding the origin of Christmas wreath decorations;

  1. Ancient Greeks & Romans
    It is known that ancient Greeks and Romans offered wreath-like headwear in recognition of victory and power. These leafy crowns would be fashioned in different styles, denoting the status, rank, occupation, and achievements of the wearer. Some people believe that the tradition of Christmas wreath craft comes from this practice.
     
  2. Christianity
    In Christianity, circles are a symbol of eternity. For this reason, Christians have long used wreaths during advent to represent the immortality of Christ. This is reflected in the fact that the wreath is made with evergreen leaves. In this case, traditionally there should also be four candles incorporated into the wreath, one to be lit on each Sunday of advent, and then sometimes a final, central, candle on Christmas day. To Christians, this represents that Jesus is the light of the world.

Christmas wreath

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Styles and Designs

Many people favour the traditional green Christmas wreaths that are made with evergreen leaves such as pine needles and holly – perhaps with a peppering of bright red holly berries. However, nowadays those who observe Christmas are displaying wreaths in all manner of different styles;

  • Baubles – these eye-catching wreaths are especially popular in shops and restaurants. This is not only because they are attractive and colourful, but because they are durable, in that they do not include plants which will wither over time.
     
  • Monochrome – a Christmas wreath can be particularly striking if it’s made using just one colour. These are popular among those who want to create a wreath in keeping with the rest of their home décor, or other Christmas decorations.

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  • Dried fruits – a lovely way to introduce some welcoming festive fragrances to your home is to opt for a Christmas wreath made with dried fruit such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit, alongside cinnamon sticks and colourful cranberries.
     
  • Floral – fresh flowers make a gorgeous alternative to traditional evergreen wreaths, although they often need more maintenance. Incorporating flowers does allow you some flexibility in colours though; one week you could have red poinsettia and the next pink roses.

Christmas wreaths

How Long Should a Christmas Wreath be Up?

Along with Christmas decorations in general, this question has been a long-standing debate among society for many years. In shops and other public areas Christmas decorations often start appearing straight after Halloween; however others argue that they should not be seen until the start of December.

In Christianity, tradition says that Christmas decorations should come down 12 days after Christmas, on Epiphany – the day when the three kings arrived to see the baby Jesus. There is an ongoing dispute about whether this should be January 5th or January 6th.

How long do real Christmas wreaths last?

This really depends on what your wreath is made with. Evergreen leaves and berries used on a wreath kept outside will usually last between four and five weeks. On wreaths made with fresh flowers, the flowers are only likely to last around one week before wilting.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshops at Foxhills

Making your own Christmas wreath can be a fun and rewarding activity, although sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start. To help you on your way, come along to one of our workshops hosted on Friday 6th and Tuesday 10th December. Here you can join others for a wonderful day of festive fun, during which our resident florist Kate, from Lily and Myrtle, will provide expert guidance and the materials for you to create your own wreath.

Christmas wreath craft workshop details

Friday 6th December
12.30pm for 2 hours, including cream tea. Members: £65, Visitors: £72

Tuesday 10th December
12.30pm for 2 hours, including cream tea. Members: £65, Visitors: £72
7pm for 2 hours, including Prosecco & nibbles. Members: £75, Visitors: £85

Contact us on 01932 872 050 to make a booking, or email christmas@foxhills.co.uk

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