Evergreen wreaths are one of the most widely recognised symbols of Christmas. They are a sign of welcome on front doors, over hearths and in windows. They also symbolise everlasting life and continuity.
Long before their association with Christmas, wreaths have been used to celebrate Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year.
Evergreen wreaths were used to symbolize the end of the long winter and the light of the coming spring. Their evergreen foliage spoke of resilience and vitality, and their circular shape denoted unity and the continual cycle of life and the seasons.
In the northern hemisphere Winter Solstice and Christmas almost share the same date. For us in the Southern Hemisphere we’re at the opposite side of the seasons… Instead of coming out of a long winter, it is Summer Solstice for us and the days are long and filled with light! But this does not make our evergreen wreaths any less symbolic.
Each of the foliages used in evergreen wreaths have specific significance. When we combine them together, we are weaving our intentions for the coming year.
Eucalyptus – Symbol of wealth and abundance
Fir – Fortitude and immortality
Holly – Protection, healing, good luck
Olive – A peace offering, also symbolizes reward, victory, strength, purification, fruitfulness and peace.
Pine – Reaching for the stars, eternal life
Spruce – Hope in adversity
Willow – Fulfilling wishes of the heart, learning from the past, inner vision and dreams.
Cones, Nuts & Seed Pods – New life
There are of course many different foliages used in Evergreen Wreaths, these are just a few that we will be working with at the Flowervore Yoga & Wreath Making Workshop on Sunday 13 December.
We will begin with a morning yoga class focussing on relaxing and connecting with our creative hearts, share a yummy morning tea, and then commence our evergreen wreath making.
All equipment and materials provided.
It's going to be a fun morning! Still a couple of spots available.
To find out more and book your place, head over to the Workshops Page.
>>> The Flowervore Blog is written by Leonie Orton, head floral player and word gatherer. You can read more by Leonie here. Flowervore is a Sunshine Coast florist specialising in Weddings & Events, Succulent Gifts and a Weekly Posy Delivery. Sign up for stories, updates and offers here and like the Facebook Page.