The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath

Have you ever wondered why we hang Christmas wreaths on our front doors? It isn’t just to make your door look festive. Christmas wreaths have been fashionable in the UK since the Victorian times but the evergreen wreath has a far longer history than that.

An ancient custom

Pre-Christian Germanic tribes used wreaths in the winter to pray for the return of the sun. Evergreens took centre stage, likely because they were verdant and long-lasting, and therefore best symbolised continuity and longevity in life. This marries up nicely with the circular shape of wreaths, which denotes eternity. 

In the depths of winter, wreaths reminded people that life persists and spring will return. A wonderfully hopeful sentiment back before we had central heating to get us through the freezing temperatures. 

With the arrival of Christianity, wreaths were adopted to observe the Advent season and symbolised an invitation to the spirit of Christmas. When a visitor would see a home whose door was adorned with a wreath, they could take comfort that the spirit of Christmas lived in that home. And so the beauty of Nature married up with the joy of Christmas. 

Modern wreaths

While traditional evergreen Christmas wreaths are made of holly oak and red berries, today there is a far wider selection of foliage and accessories to pick from. Think dried fruits, pine cones, baubles and seed heads. Discover our welcoming festive wreaths and all Christmas bouquets, baskets, crackers and decorations