Christmas Floral Wreaths
Saturday 2 December
10 – 1pm
Create your own personalised Christmas wreath, using natural materials gathered and foraged locally.
Annmarie will help guide you through the process in this 3-hour workshop.
Style is natural and informal, using country cottage flowers grown in the garden .
Christmas wreaths are made by twisting or bending evergreen branches into a large circle which are then decorated with pinecones bows, fruit etc. The circle shape of the wreath is made to represent Christ’s eternal love, his strength, and the creation of new life. Evergreens such as willow, cornus are commonly used in the construction of the wreath due to their heartiness throughout harsh winters and that they denote strength as well as immortality.
Christmas wreaths in the Catholic tradition had four candles – Three of purple, symbolising penance, and expectation, and one of pink to represent the coming joy.
The four Sundays preceding Christmas day are embodied by the four candles that were lit each Friday of Advent at dinner along with a prayer.
The word wreath comes from the word “writhen” that was an old English word meaning “to writhe” or “to twist.” The art of hanging Christmas wreaths originated from the Romans who hung wreaths on their doors as a sign of victory and of their status in society. Women usually wore them as headdresses as a symbol of pride, and also donned them during special occasions such as weddings. Additionally, the victors of sporting events in ancient Greece were given laurel wreaths; This tradition still being used to this day during the Olympic games in which the medals are engraved with sprigs of laurel.