The origin of the Christmas wreath

The origin of the Christmas wreath

Decorating with holly and mistletoe at Christmas is another traditional Western custom. Branches of holly are woven into garlands and hung on the front door, or a few sprigs of holly are placed on the dining table. The green colour is said to ward off evil spirits and the red fruits and green leaves of the holly really do give a sense of spring in the cold months.

  Even better than holly is mistletoe, and according to Christmas tradition, anyone can kiss a woman who stands under it. Many families hang a bunch of mistletoe from an indoor door frame or ceiling. Naughty boys often lure a girl under the mistletoe and kiss her in a justifiable manner.

  Christmas wreaths originated in Germany. As early as 1839, locals gathered evergreen branches and leaves to weave into a wreath on Christmas Eve and placed candles to await the coming of Jesus. For Christians, the evergreen nature of the wreath and its rings represent the eternal hope and immortality of human life. Today, it is customary and preferred in many countries and homes to hang Christmas wreaths on doors during the Christmas season.

  Christmas wreaths are usually made from evergreen branches such as pine and cypress, mistletoe, ivy or holly, and then decorated with various materials such as pine cones, cinnamon, bows, Christmas balls and fruit. It is said that hanging this wreath on Christmas Eve will protect one's children from the demons in the new year.
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