Early Uses of Wreaths and Garlands:
Wreaths and garlands have been used in festivals and in celebrations for many thousands of years. Its believed that with the wreath forming a circle that it symbolizes eternity, it has no beginning or end. One of the ancient celebrations where wreaths were given as a prize was at the Pythian Games, a precursor to the Olympic Games which are held today. Wreaths were also made larger and placed on doors or the sides of buildings, probably equal to something like the 72 inch Princess Pine Giant Christmas Wreath which is used today. The festivals and celebrations during the winter months often used wreaths and garland to decorate towns and villages. At these times more than the summer festivals evergreen was used, it held several symbolic meanings, such as the vitality of life, or the never ending love of God, as evergreen survived the harsh winters. During the summer celebrations flowers were most often used in combination with other plants to create wreaths and garland or something like the Burgundy Grapevine Christmas Floral Arrangements. Another popular celebration was a wedding. In small villages usually the entire population would be involved in decorating and baking for the wedding. Here anything that nature could provide was used to make decorations for this most festive of celebrations. After all, this was a time when two families would be united through the marriage of their children. And it seems that ancient people were much like today’s people in that everyone looks for any reason to through a party!
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