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This article tells you the origin, significance and role of Wreath as a symbol in the celebration of Christmas.

Wreath

The wreath has significant meaning for the season. Wreath is always associated with evergreen and it's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. From the religious perspective of the Christian, it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolizes growth and everlasting life. Holly branches have thorns. When used in a wreath it represents the thorn used on Jesus' crown when he was crucified. The bright red holly berries symbolize Jesus' blood that was shed for us. Earlier people used to worship evergreen holly as a sign of eternal life because it did not brown or die in the winter. Wreaths are now placed on doors or hallways to create a festive atmosphere during the holiday season. Wreaths have been used as a decorative sign of Christmas for hundreds of years. Christmas wreaths are used to adorn any part of 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. The artificial one just doesn't smell the same as a real wreath. It is decorated wit a variety of items including pine cones, holly berries, fruits, and just about anything you can imagine.

Christmas WreathToday, it is really hard to remember the real meaning of Christmas celebration. We get occupied with the enjoyment part of the celebration. All caught up in the hype of Santa and his arrival. The wreath over the hearth brings warmth to our hearts and reminds us of the true meaning of this very special day. The wreath has a very symbolic significance with the beginning of Advent as this is the time for the hanging of the green, and decorating the church with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolize the new and everlasting life blessed by Jesus the Christ. Some churches perform special weekday service, in which the church is decorated with these evergreen wreaths. This service is primarily of music, especially choir and hand bells, and Scripture reading, along with an explanation of the various symbols as they are placed in the sanctuary. The Advent wreath is an increasingly popular symbol of the beginning of the Church year in many churches as well as homes. Five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center are used. Wreath is symbolic and tells the Christmas story. So there are various aspects related to wreath and its significance in the celebration of Christmas.