Wreaths have been used as a decorative sign of Christmas for hundreds and hundreds of years. Wreaths can adorn any part of your home, inside or out. In many homes, this symbol of growth and everlasting life can be found both inside and out.
The wreath is made of evergreens, most often pine branches or holly. They can be real or artificial. It is decorated with a variety of items including pine cones, holly berries, fruits, and just about anything you can imagine.
The wreath has significant meaning for the season. It's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. From a Christian religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolises growth and everlasting life. Holly branches have thorns. When used in a wreath it represents the thorn on Jesus' crown when he was crucified. Bright red holly berries symbolize Jesus' blood that was shed for us.
Today, it is sometimes hard to remember the real meaning of Christmas. We get all caught up in the hype of Santa and his arrival. The wreath over the hearth brings a warmth to our hearts as we stop to reflect upon the true meaning of this very special day.
Here’s Topping Forty’s best wreath finds on the high street.
Marks and Spencer’s
Rustic Berry Wreath Log Cabin Range
This rustic twig wreath is decorated with an arrangement of festive foliage and a wooden snowflake. It's a lovely way to add a natural look to your Christmas decorations.
Spruce and Star Wreath
This beautiful artificial spruce wreath is decorated with faux snow-covered pinecones and red stars for a lovely seasonal look.
House of Fraser
Linea Frosty pine cone and berry wreath
This beautiful, traditional wreath in gorgeous shades for the festive season, the wreath is embellished with vibrant red berries and pine cones and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Decadence berry wreath
This beautiful, traditional wreath has been crafted in gorgeous shades for the festive season, the wreath is embellished with gold and bronze berries and glittered leaves.
Mini Berry Wreath
Even Scrooge would have to give in to the festive spirit with this heart-warming Christmas wreath. Made with twigs and dried berries, it sets the scene perfectly for a Dickensian winter wonderland. Hang it on a sheltered door to welcome guests, or on the chimney breast to welcome Father Christmas.
Small Berry and Pinecone Star Wreath
Made with pine needles and dried berries, it sets the scene perfectly for a Dickensian winter wonderland. Hang it on a sheltered door to welcome guests, or on the chimney breast to welcome Father Christmas.
The best Christmas wreath of all can be found on your local market, fresh made wreathes stand up to the elements and bring that sense of tradition to any front door.