It is Holiday Time, Therefore It is Wreath Time!
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It is Holiday Time, Therefore It is Wreath Time!

  Wreaths!  Its getting that time of year again, and we are hard at work creating "THINGS....." (or crafts if you like).  Dead giveaways are that retail is hiring like there's no tomorrow!  Whether it is Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanuka or just plain 'Happy Holidays', there seem to be a certain 'air' about the city that  "THAT" time of year is just round the corner. With the advent of A-I and Robotics, do you think we'll be celebrating 'Robotica' in the near future as well? Wouldn't surprise me at all!  [Another holiday!! Yay!!!] Whilst slogging over the makings of a hot wreath, I started wondering how or why wreaths ever came into being?  My Sister -in-law Jackie, is an awesome  crafter, and I stand 'gob-smacked' at esp. her wreath creations.  Needless to say she 'Shines' at all crafts and is one of the most talented people I know.  However, this does not answer my question regarding the origin of wreaths. According to an old ProFlowers writ we find the following:- "There are two different schools of thought when it comes to the history of the wreath.

First Theory.

The first notes that the wreath dates back to ancient Greece & Rome, where members of Greco-Roman society would hand-make ring-shaped “wreaths” using fresh tree leaves, twigs, small fruits & flowers. Worn as headdresses, these wreaths represented one’s occupation, rank, achievements and status. (The Laurel wreath was most commonly used then.) Laurel wreaths were used to crown victors of the ancient Greco-Roman Olympic Games. (Wreath translated literally means, “a thing bound around,” from the Greek word diadema.)

Second Theory.

The second theory on the history of the wreath is a common Christian lore, and explains that the honored art of wreath-making began 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. Christians assembled “Advent wreaths” to symbolize the strength of life they showed by persevering through the harsh forces of winter. Today, still, the Christmas wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality, as the circle and sphere both represent immortality.

Conclusion.

No matter which school of thought you subscribe to, live and dry wreaths have come a long way. Christmas wreaths remain symbolic to dedicated Christians and are popular among a diversity of people as Christmas decorations.  They’re still made from sturdy evergreens and still hung to symbolize strength. The Advent wreath or Christmas wreath of the 21st century, however, is much more ‘spirited.’ Today you’ll see them in a cross-shape or a traditional ring-shape. Sometimes they’ll have doves or white ribbons for purity."   Patricia Bhatia   answered the wreath question in her article:- "Wreaths," as follows:- "More than just a decorative touch for your wall or door, wreaths have existed in various forms since the time of the ancient Romans. Whether the wreath you hang is a crafter's masterpiece or a homemade hand-me down, it has a long tradition of meaning behind it. Wreaths are an eternal part of the festive season.

Ancient Greece.

In ancient Greece a Laurel wreath was awarded to victors in sporting events. In the way that we now award gold medals, the wreath was a sign of victory. It meant much the same to the ancient Romans, a sign of victory over challengers.  

Religion.

Religiously, the advent wreath has a place in Catholic tradition. This special wreath is created with four candles, each a different color. One candle is lit each Friday of Advent with a prayer. In this, the wreath represents the coming if the Christmas celebration. Scandinavian wreaths also feature candles. The candles light the winter night's and are a sign of hope for the future light of spring. It was believed the wreath and candles would encourage the god of light to turn the world towards the sun once more. The tradition of the wreath extends further back than the beginnings of Christian tradition. Pagan rituals of mid-winter often featured a wreath of evergreen with 4 candles. The candles were placed in each of the four directions, representing the elements of earth, wind, water and fire. Rituals were preformed to ensure the continuance of the circle of life.  

Symbolism.

Much symbolism can be attributed to the Christmas wreath. The shape of a circle has no beginning and no ending. This may represent the eternal nature of a god's love, or the circle of life. Evergreens are used to represent immortality and the victory of life through darkness and challenge. The fact that evergreens live through winter signifies the strength of life.  

Decorative Value.

The decorative value of wreaths is believed to have been derived by ancient tradition. In the way that we use house numbers today, wreaths featuring different floral arrangements were used to identify different families and houses. Also attributing to the wreath lore is the Roman use of wreaths as signs of victory. It is believed that victors of battles would hang wreaths upon their doors to advertise their status."             So there we have it. As I see it however, what ever the occasion, celebrate happily with a great looking wreath adorning your front door or lounge or where - ever!

It's HAPPY TIME !

   
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Crafting is a talent that is not given to all. My mother was a crafter, and really good at it too! Me? Not so much. I remember her using a children’s craft book and sitting with me at our kitchen table patiently showing me the pictures and helping me try to reproduce what I saw in various shapes in colorful paper. The end result was a sweet sense of accomplishment, though the finished product was, at best, adequate; however, the valuable one-on-one time with mom was what I truly enjoyed. The years have flown by and, sadly, Mom isn’t here to cheer me on in the various projects I am working on to supplement our retirement income. But I think of her daily with a smile knowing that she would be in her element, enjoying every snip of the scissors and dollop from the glue gun! I miss her so much. Today, I am blessed beyond comprehension to have a loving husband who is a talented crafter! He can do it all! He knits and crochets with my Mom’s old needles, he has sewn clothes on Mom’s old sewing machine, he even bought a knitting machine and has made sweaters and more hats and scarfs than I can count! So my new crafting muse is always one step ahead of me working on a new project and/or helping me make massive amount of bows or sewing lanyards and other projects from our Kente Style Ribbon for our customers. Mom would be ecstatic if she were here. But my “craft” happy place is creating graphics on the computer. When I was a child, Mom and Dad opened a small print shop and as soon as I had learned to type in school, Dad taught me how to do “cut and paste” on an old light table. I took to it like a duck to water having a blast creating flyers, brochures, and forms for customers. That talent has served me well over the years (Thank you, M&D!), and, as you can imagine, when computers started to become a household item it was inevitable that I would wave goodbye to the old pica and elite typewriters and set my course to boundless opportunities that awaited me with new technology. To be honest, I am not an “artist” per se; though I have some VERY talented friends that definitely deserve that title! I think I probably fall into the category of a “graphic designer.” I see a graphic need and the gears in my head start turning challenged to CREATE! At Kente Ribbon And More, we listen to our customer’s needs and put our heads together to see how we can help. Whether it be a physical product or a digital graphic for someone’s DIY project, we find it a blessing a joy to meet those needs! You can visit us at KenteRibbonAndMore.com or KenteRibbonAndMore.Etsy.com or HerbstCreations.com. Stop by anytime, leave us a message, and let’s work together on your next project!
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