Dec 08, 2017

Why do we hang wreaths?

Hanging a circular wreath of evergreens during the winter season seems to go back a very long way. It might have started as far back as in Roman times when wreaths were hung on their doors as a sign of victory and of their status. Rich Roman women also wore them as headdresses at special occasions like weddings and to show they were posh. Roman Emperors also wore Laurel Wreaths. They were also given to the winners of events in the original Olympic Games in Greece.

The word 'wreath' comes from the Old English word 'writhen' which means to writhe or twist. Christmas Wreaths as we know them today, might have started life as Kissing Boughs or come from the German and Easter European custom of Advent Wreaths.