I can’t quite believe that another year has flown by and we are now fast approaching the festive season and preparing for Christmas! Yesterday I visited Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London for the first time. (It was a brilliant day despite the rain and I thoroughly recommend you take a visit if you have never been before) The twinkleof the lights and array of stalls selling all things Christmas, from mulled wine to roasted chestnuts, has got me feeling rather Christmassy and has inspired me to write a post dedicated to the Christmas tradition of hanging a wreath on your front door!
A ‘Wreath’ History
Have you ever wondered where the tradition of hanging a wreath on your door originates from? Tradional style wreaths are usually made from evergreens which symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. Bay laurel may also be used, and these wreaths are known as the laurel wreath. The use of this wreath comes from the Greek myth involving Apollo (Zeus’ son and the god of life and light), who fell in love with the nymph Daphne. When he pursued her she fled and asked the river god Peneus to help her. Peneus turned her into a laurel tree. From that day, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head. Laurel wreaths became associated with what Apollo embodied; victory, achievement and status and would later become one of the most commonly used symbols to address achievement throughout Greece and Rome. Laurel wreaths were used to crown victorious athletes at the original Olympic Games.
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Our stand at Chislehurst farmers market other stands at the market sell a wide selection of produce including cakes, chutney, pies and meats as as well as handmade wooden boxes which can be personalised (great gift for Christmas).
We will be there again on December the 16th as well as at Halls Place, Bexley on Sunday December 2nd and the Crafty Little Events Christmas Craft Fair in Beckenham at St Johns Church on Saturday 8th December. Or alternatively orders for bespoke wreaths, table arrangements and garlands can be placed by contacting us direct; email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07957414208
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