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Wreaths - Origin

Definition: Where did wreaths at Christmas time originate?

 

Since classical antiquity, the wreath has been used as a symbol of power and strength. In Rome and Greece, kings and emperors often wore laurel wreathes as crowns - a practice they themselves borrowed from the Etruscans, who predated them. The Greeks and the Romans connected the laurel wreath to their sun god, Apollo, and considered the crown to embody his values.

Harvest wreathes - the predecessors to our modern decorations - were used in rituals for good harvests, and predate even written history. Ancient European animists often used evergreen in their wreathes to symbolize strength and fortitude, as an evergreen will live through even the harshest of winters. As for the connection to Christianity, since wreathes symbolized tenacity and everlasting life, they were often used in funerals of important people, specifically in the burials of saints and martyrs.

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Christmas Traditions and Folklore

 

Related Categories:

| St. Nicholas | Krampus | St. Nicholas Symbols | Origin of Santa Claus | Mistletow - Origination | Boxing Day - Origination | Santa Claus and Coca-Cola | Gift Giving - Origin | Stockings at Christmas - Origin | Christmas Tree - Origin | Caroling - Origin |

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  external link10 Remarkable Origins of Common Christmas Traditions

 

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