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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A closer look at the holiday wreath tradition

The word wreath comes from the word writhen that was an old English word meaning “to writhe” or “to twist.”

Wreaths, a common household decoration today, are a custom from before written history. Harvest wreathes in Ancient Greece consisted of wheat or other harvested plants woven together with red and white wool thread and hung it on the door to protect against crop failure and plagues.

Ancient Europeans often used evergreen wreathes to symbolize strength and fortitude, as it stays green even through the harshest of winters.

Christmas wreaths in the Catholic tradition were a circle of evergreens with four candles – Three purple, to symbolize penance, and expectation, and one pink to represent the coming joy. The circle shape of the wreath is made to represent Christ’s eternal love, his strength, and the creation of new life.

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