Wreaths have been used as a decorative sign of Christmas for hundreds of years. The wreath has significant meaning for the season. It’s circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end.
The wreath is an ancient symbol. The Romans used it to denote power and pride. To the Greeks, a wreath symbolised accomplishment and victory. Both cultures wore the wreath as a personal decoration.
Early Germanic cultures used a wreath as a table decoration. Candles were added to the traditional evergreen circle. This decoration used in the cold days of winter, was a reminder that spring would soon come and the Earth would again be warm.
The early wreaths were made out of several evergreen materials. The evergreens in general represent continuity and survival through difficult times.
We often use the popular greenery eucalyptus when making wreaths. The eucalyptus is a holy tree for the Aboriginals. For them it represents the division of underworld, Earth and heaven. At a spiritual level the eucalyptus has a purifying effect. Negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf.
The fir is a symbol of honesty, truth and forthrightness because of the way it grows on the straight and narrow. The trunk of the fir reminds us of a tall straight pillar of strength, a symbolic tower of truth.