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The Christmas Wreath

The Christmas wreath.

This is our wreath, hitched between our two garage doors.

Traditionally the wreath means welcome, and this is is the season for that.

Is there symbolic meaning to wreaths?

Yes!  In addition to its welcome, the circle has been used for millennia to represent the Christian view of eternal life, which shape fits the wreath perfectly.

Wreaths can be decorated in many ways and be made of many things.

Of course the evergreen would again remind one of eternal life, and the renewal of the resurrection.

Ornaments on Christmas trees began with the use of nuts and cookies and small cakes and fruit and gingerbread.  These things represented the spring to follow.

From there ornaments began to be made of glass (somewhere in the 1600s in Germany) and from there progressed to various gorgeous glass and plastic baubles and shapes.  The American business magnate, F. W. Woolworth, began selling Christmas ornaments in his "five and dime" stores and it is said that in 1895 sold $25 million worth!  That would be just under $1 billion today!

The lights, of course, represent the stars in the sky, first said to be recognized by Martin Luther, who began the tradition of bringing an evergreen tree into his home at Christmas.  He remembered looking through the trees to see the stars in the sky.  Of course one could argue that the main reason for lights could be THE "star in the sky" seen and followed at Jesus' birth.

Pine cones are seeds which represent the rebirth and renewal of the resurrection.  And holly berries the blood of Christ shed at the crucifixion.  Any of other various things might have their own meanings, like red ribbons.  But all are symbolic of the season.

So wreaths are put together, decorated and hung to celebrate the Christmas season, and a wreath is the only decoration we put outside our home.  We welcome you!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 41 commentsJay Markanich • December 15 2018 10:33AM

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Good  morning, Jay Markanich thank you for the beautiful post about the history of the wreath, Christmas tree and all of the decorations we commonly see during this Christian holiday...the true meaning of Christmas is buried deeper every year with retail purchasing.... your reminder of the true meaning of our decorations is very important.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 1 month ago

We can get caught up and forget the simple reason for the season, Barbara.  I am a minimalist with my outdoor decorations.  I think the wreath says it all.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

When I was growing up, we used to string cranberries and hang that on our tree, along with homemade ornaments and store-bought ones. I didn't realize the berries might have had a meaning!

Thanks for your post.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 1 month ago

Red berries are the traditional, and very old, symbol of blood, going back as far as the Passover seder, I guess, Kat.  The Passover was symbolic of the crucifixion to come.

We used to hang tinsel!  I have no idea what that means!  Just decoration.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Very interesting and fun facts behind the making of wreaths and meaning of the nuts, cones and lights and more. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) about 1 month ago

Thanks Bob.  Check the red link for the meaning of the Christmas tree!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Good morning, Jay. I love wreaths and change them seasonally on my own home, so as you might imagine have quite a collection. But did not know the "story" behind them. Thanks for that. As for Christmas ornaments... much more familiar with that "back story," as I'm of German descent and have many German glass and wax ornaments.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 1 month ago

There are centuries-old ornaments in museums, Nina.  It all started with an idea, and capitalism made it internationally popular!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Good morning Jay. We live in a hi-rise and my wife has a natural evergreen wreath on the outside of the door and one on the inside! We are wreathed out! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 1 month ago

Merry Christmas to you and your family too Jay. 

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 1 month ago

Sounds like you have wreaths inside and out, Wayne!

Thanks Stephen.  The same backatacha.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Jay, I am so happy you wrote this post. I love wreaths but had no idea of their origin!!!!! Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 month ago

Same to you and yours, Madam!  These days, with computers and sites, it is easy to do research!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Great background on Christmas wreaths.  And, did you know, they actually originated before Christianity, during pagan times?  Only they were called Yule Wreaths then.  That's similar to the old Pagan Yule Trees, prior to Christmas Trees.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 month ago

CONGRATULATIONS Jay, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 month ago

Thank you Myrl.  The Christmas celebration began as a winter solstice one.  I will have a post on the yule log soon.  Here is a sneak peak: 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/4282781/is-it-your-rule-hook-up-a-mule-to-drag-in-the-yule-log-

And thanks for the feature!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

                    

                                       Thank you, Jay. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 month ago

Glad you enjoyed it so much, Kathy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Good morning Jay, thank you for sharing the origins of the wreath and Christmas tree.  I was just asking my wife the other day, who started the tradition of decorating the outside of homes with Christmas lights. Have a good weekend and Merry Christmas!

Posted by Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist (Downing-Frye) about 1 month ago

Good morning Jay. I am not Christian but have always like the idea of the wreath. And now I know the story.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 month ago

I had no idea about the wreath, Jay. I sure do love them though. Thanks for this post - it's always great learn something new. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 1 month ago

Somehow I was reading through, waiting for the home inspector twist on what wreaths can invite into the home.  Understanding the origins of our Christmas decor is a good thing.  Will make me look at the pine cones on my flocked tree differently now.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 1 month ago

I don't know Matthew.  It is said Martin Luther started decorating the Christmas tree indoors with candles.

Sheila - you can make a welcoming wreath out of anything!  I hear in New Mexico they traditionally use chiles.

Thank you too, Debb.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Ann - as you know, sometimes my posts aren't home inspection related.  But you will have to define "flocked tree" for this simple boy.  Glad, though, that you can cone it up.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

A Merry Christmas to You and a Merry Ho Ho Ho

Interesting reading

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 1 month ago

Good afternoon Jay Markanich,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post on her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. I learned something new today..hadn't a clue on the origin of our Christmas Wreath. I am so happy you wrote this post! Merry Christmas!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing this - I also didn’t know the origins and the meaning of wreaths.  I look forward to your next posts!

Posted by Francine Viola, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) about 1 month ago

Glad you enjoyed it, Hannah.  But my garden is fallow right now, so I won't be hoeing it.   ; >)

Good Dorie!  I get more views from that than I do from my own posts.

I'll have another Christmas post Francine.  There is a link in this one to a previous post about Christmas trees.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

As always Jay Markanich the very merriest to you & Wanda !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 1 month ago

And merry, merry to you two, too!   Or is it to two?  Whatever...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

No beginning no end going in circles. For christians it symbolizes the Christ.

Just put one up last week.

Happy holidays.

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 1 month ago

I try to get ours up just after Thanksgiving, Sam.  Thanks, and merry Christmas to you and yours!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Thanks, Jay, for sharing this holiday decorations lesson.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

And I'm glad you learned something, Roy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

And a lovely wreath it is! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 month ago

Thanks Sharon.  It's so old the ornaments are fading!  But at night nobody notices!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Hi Jay Markanich We have a wreath on our front door and more inside!  We used to have a huge one over the garage door but it was hard to store and harder to put up and take down. 

We have many Christmas trees with 4 outside and 7 inside (so far). 

On the one tree goes all of the inherited and original and homemade ornaments (my favorites).  

My favorite display is the nativity scene on top of a pallet table I made many years ago. Mike McCann McCann Country Christmas Nebraska 2018

 

Mary and Joseph with Jesus Nativity Scene at McCann Country Christmas Nebraska 2018

McCann Country Christmas 2018

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) about 1 month ago

Hi Jay

This was such fun, and so interesting, to read. A wonderful post for the holiday season!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 1 month ago

Very interesting!  Hadn't put those tidbits into perspective.  Seeing Mike's photos, means I need to hang another wreath inside!  Thank you for this heartfelt, seasonal post!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 1 month ago

Excellent Mike!  A table made of pallet wood is exactly fitting with who Jesus was/is.  We have lots of homemade ornaments too.

Thank you Jeff.  I had a post on the yule log a couple of days later!

You're welcome, Jan!  I aim to please!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

Interesting post, I esp like the reference to lights representing stars in the sky.  Lots of research for this blog??

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) about 1 month ago

Mostly from books I have already read, Mary.  I'm not one to get my info from the internet!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 month ago

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