In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Some believe that this is where the hanging of wreaths on doors came from. The origins of the Advent wreath are found in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples who, during the cold December darkness of Eastern Europe, gathered wreaths of evergreen and lighted fires as signs of hope in a coming spring and renewed light. Christians kept these popular traditions alive, and by the 16th century Catholics and Protestants throughout Germany used these symbols to celebrate their Advent hope in Christ, the everlasting Light. From Germany the use of the Advent wreath spread to other parts of the Christian world.
Today we attach our own meanings to the wreath for some an opportunity for creative expression of your own personal style. Here are some modern and contemporary styles that might just have you thinking about ways you can DIY.
One made from PVC piping above. Directly below of feathers.
A skull wreath by Noah Scalin…interesting take on the holidays.
Here are a couple from famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler designed for DIFFA.
Something of the edible variety?
However you may celebrate…wishing you an infinitely modern Christmas!