The Christmas Wreath

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

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.

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

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Chris Ann Cleland
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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!

Dec 16, 2018 08:52 AM #22
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Jay Markanich
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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.

Dec 16, 2018 09:43 AM #23
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Interesting reading

Dec 16, 2018 12:02 PM #24
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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!

Dec 16, 2018 12:43 PM #25
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Thanks for sharing this - I also didn’t know the origins and the meaning of wreaths.  I look forward to your next posts!

Dec 16, 2018 01:04 PM #26
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Jay Markanich
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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.

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

Dec 16, 2018 03:42 PM #28
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Jay Markanich
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And merry, merry to you two, too!   Or is it to two?  Whatever...

Dec 16, 2018 03:44 PM #29
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No beginning no end going in circles. For christians it symbolizes the Christ.

Just put one up last week.

Happy holidays.

Sam Shueh

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

Dec 17, 2018 04:04 AM #31
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Thanks, Jay, for sharing this holiday decorations lesson.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 17, 2018 06:37 AM #32
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Jay Markanich
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And I'm glad you learned something, Roy!

Dec 17, 2018 08:45 AM #33
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And a lovely wreath it is! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dec 18, 2018 01:08 PM #34
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Sharon.  It's so old the ornaments are fading!  But at night nobody notices!

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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

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Hi Jay

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

Jeff

Dec 19, 2018 07:22 AM #37
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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!

Dec 19, 2018 08:32 AM #38
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Jay Markanich
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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!

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

Dec 20, 2018 09:01 AM #40
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Jay Markanich
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Mostly from books I have already read, Mary.  I'm not one to get my info from the internet!

Dec 21, 2018 06:32 AM #41
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