The Christmas gifts sit under the tree all aglow - tucked in neatly with ribbons and bows. There are Christmas decorations placed about, and Christmas wreaths adorn the door. It's that wonderful time of year again when mysteries are unveiled. So, why do we give Christmas gifts during this holiday season? Have you ever stopped to wonder about the history of gift giving? When did Christmas gifts become the highlight of the season and why? The idea of giving gifts most likely originated when the Three Kings brought offerings to baby Jesus upon his birth. Throughout history, there is documentation of gifts being exchanged during Three Kings' Day as well as on Christmas Eve.
However, gift-giving as we know it today began in the early 19th century when some of the first few ads were posted in newspapers by store owners. By the late 19th century, giving gifts at Christmastime was in full swing as large retailers such as Macy's began leaving their doors open late on Christmas Eve. Today, Christmas Day wouldn't be the same without gifts under the tree. Another item you won't want to leave off of your list when it comes to Christmas is one that's as popular as gift giving itself - a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath.
The Christmas wreath is another tradition that has been around for a long time and was initially created from fresh evergreens. Since evergreens are green year-round, they were the obvious choice during the winter months. The word 'wreath' is derived from an English word meaning to twist, such as in a circle. Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory.
In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending. The wreaths were typically decorated with four candles, three on the exterior and one in the middle. The middle candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the arrival of the Light of the World - Jesus Christ. A tradition began in the early 19th century to lay evergreens shaped into wreaths or crosses on graves to honor the dead. Family members would bring them home to use as part of their Christmas decorations during the holiday season.
At Christmastime, it only makes sense to combine two of the most symbolic icons together, giving wreaths as gifts. Who wouldn't love to display the beautiful colors of the holiday season upon their door during this festive time? Christmas wreaths come in many styles and designs. There are traditional wreaths with velvet red bows adorning noble fir branches speckled with berries to the more regal choice such as gold satin bows atop pine boughs embellished with juniper berries.
So why doesn't everyone have a Christmas wreath hanging on the door as part of their Christmas decorations? Many people simply don't realize how much a Christmas wreath can illuminate an entranceway and provide festivity and cheer to visitors both old and new. As well, it can be hard to find the time to do the extra things that make the holiday season so special. Wouldn't it be wonderful to share such a rich holiday tradition with your friends and relatives when selecting their Christmas gifts this year? And while you're deciding which Christmas Forest wreath to send their way, shorten your holiday to-do list by purchasing one for your door too.
At Christmas Forest, we have a strong commitment to sustaining and protecting the environment. Those of us that are concerned about the environment want to make sure that we are buying and producing 'green' products. Consumers are conscientiously doing their best to purchase products that use renewable resources.
When it comes to deciding between a fresh Christmas wreath and an artificial wreath, more people than ever are choosing real evergreen wreaths. You probably know that artificial wreaths are made from plastics and other petroleum based products, and you also know that petroleum is not a renewable resource. The artificial wreaths most likely will end up in a landfill and they are not biodegradable. In addition, most artificial wreaths are made overseas and so even more petroleum is used to ship the artificial wreaths.
There are many more 'green' reasons to buy a fresh evergreen wreath. They can be recycled by removing the fir form the wreath rings for a potpourri. There are also many free recycling programs where the greens will be chipped and used for mulch, another plus for the environment. Of course, a fresh evergreen wreath is just so beautiful too and everyone loves the forest fresh smell!
Our fresh wreaths are a renewable resource. We do not cut down any trees to make our Christmas wreaths. In the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, we harvest the tips of the branches, and this promotes the growth of the trees. Trimming the branches of the noble fir tree is actually beneficial to the trees and thus great for the environment.
The aromatic noble fir trees from Washington state are the longest lasting evergreens. These majestic trees are nature's way of fighting against global warming. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and release oxygen. The process of producing plastic to make artificial wreaths burns fossil fuels while adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Knowing that fresh Christmas wreaths are recyclable, renewable and less of a contributor to global warming, those who are concerned about Mother Earth are choosing a fresh Christmas Forest wreath. Go green...buy a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath this year.
It's that time of year once again when Christmas starts to occupy the thoughts of many as they decide not only how to decorate their own home but what gifts they will give to their family, friends, clients or colleagues. Here are some tips for making meaningful choices your gift recipients will love:
1. Take into consideration the color scheme the recipient is currently using. If your friend has a green door, you may not want to send them a wreath with a big blue bow. A fresh wreath topped off with a gold bow would be a perfect choice because not only does it complement the green door, but it also brings more of the colors of Christmas to the exterior.
2. When making your choice, think about the preference of the recipient and not necessarily what appeals to your taste. You may fall in love with the designer look of the Holiday Swags, but perhaps your great aunt would much rather have the traditional circular wreath with a great big red velvet bow.
3. We have some great 'fancy' wreaths loaded with ornaments, lights and colorful bows. You could choose the Mardi Gras colors of the Gala Glitz wreath or the fun geometric designs of the Art Deco wreath for your friend that marches to her own drummer.
4. When deciding on which Christmas wreaths would be best to send out to your client list, we recommend something a little more conservative such as the gorgeous Christmas Classic wreath or the beautiful Highlander wreath with the tartan plaid bow.
5. At this wonderful time of the season, it's important not to forget those who share their faith with you. Consider sending clergy people, choir members or special friends from your congregation special Christmas Crosses - wreaths in the shape of a cross. This is sure to bring them great joy.
6. Lastly, when giving wreaths as gifts, it's important to consider whether or not your recipient has something they can use to hang it on the door. If you've never seen them display a Christmas wreath, chances are you should probably include a wreath hanger with your gift. This way, you'll be certain they can use it right away.
Fresh Christmas wreaths make perfect Christmas decorations and great Christmas gifts for those you care about. With these tips for choosing just the right style from our large assortment, you're sure to bring pleasure to your recipient with a Christmas gift as unique and special as they are.