It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 14

Forgive me if, in friendship’s way,
I offer thee a wreath of May....
Nourished by the dews of heaven....
So I have Ivy placed between,
To prove that worth is ever green.
The little blue Forget-me-not...
Spring’s messenger in every spot,
Smiling on all—Remember me!

John Clare

Day 35 of 50:  Hang a Spring Wreath on Your Door

Complete your front porch’s look with a spring wreath. Look for one that has twigs, flower buds, greenery, ribbon and other touches of spring. There are all kinds of artificial wreaths you can invest in and use for several years or you can create your own.  I found some interesting information on the history of wreaths to share with you today.

The wreath has a long history and many religious associations dating back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. The making of wreaths is an ancient and honored art that began about a thousand years before the birth of Christ.  In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and celebration.  the custom of hanging a wreath on the front door of your home probably came from this practice.

The word wreath comes from Anglo Saxon terms meaning to twist or to writhe. Worn as crowns by the ancients as a symbol of honor and eternal life, this has no beginning or end and symbolizes everlasting life.

In the early days in Europe, people would put wreaths on their doors to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today. Each house would have a different wreath made of quite exotic flowers, most likely grown by the home owner right on their own land. Today, wreaths are a common custom, with a different wreath for each season

One of the early uses of wreaths by Christians was seen among the German Lutherans in the 16th century. They braided stems of spruces and firs to form wreaths. Christians interpreted wreaths as meaning the never ending love of God and a sign of salvation. The wreaths symbolized the victory of Jesus over death and the forces of darkness.

 A wreath is known as the symbolic meaning for the Circle of Life and how perfect is this coincidence since Spring is the season of Rebirth.  After all, it has been a long cold winter, so let’s warm up our homes with this special symbol.

Today I’m thankful for :

1697.  for a party to go to and to enjoy time outdoors
1698.  for a little herb garden outside the door
1699.  for lights, we’d be in the dark without them

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth—
Thus preserving the face from congealing.

Anthony Euwer



True about smiling. I used to always put a wreath on my front door for each holiday. But I stopped doing it. Will have to start again.

betty said...

This was interesting to read about the history of wreaths. I know a lot of people will have wreats on their doors no matter what the season to coordinate the season. It is a great custom I need to start! Hope you enjoyed the party!


jack69 said...

Not only up lifting, but today a nice twist of information concerning the Wreath. Did not know that stuff.