There are two different schools of thought when it comes to the history of the wreath. 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.) 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.
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.
Christmas wreaths & Advent wreaths from ProFlowers are professionally designed with fresh, fragrant evergreens, and are always delivered with care. The floral wreaths at ProFlowers are beautifully created and feature accents of fresh fragrant flowers, sparkling paint finish, small ornaments and other naturally occurring adornments. Order a holiday wreath or Christmas wreath from ProFlowers, and you better believe you'll be the envy of the neighborhood!
ProFlowers also assembles a striking variety of autumn wreaths in bold seasonal hues of orange, brown, maroon & tan. Most dry wreaths for autumn feature Strawflowers and additions like Lavender, Blue Larkspur, Sage and small Roses. Share the gifts of nature's elegance with your autumn or fall wreath; our dry wreaths will outlast your oldest holiday decorations! (Plus, they have an unmistakable and enticing aroma!)
Funeral wreaths are a specialty of ProFlowers; there are over a dozen to choose from so you can make your expression of sorrow or condolences both elegant and eloquent. Wreaths are the traditional symbol for endurance and continuity, thus ProFlowers tries to design funeral wreaths that convey sympathy as well as reflection for those we have lost. All funeral wreaths at ProFlowers feature a main white/cream or other color central floral focus with beautifully accented deep green contrasts.
Whether you're seeking a plain evergreen cross funeral wreath with simple adornments, a live circular sympathy wreath with traditional Laurel, Larkspur, Rosemary and satin, or even a heart-shaped symbol of love, you'll find the ideal funeral wreath at ProFlowers.