One of my favorite parts of teaching holiday etiquette is holiday traditions: how they began, how they evolved and how they’re celebrated now. Every family has theirs and cherishes with fondness. There’s a feeling of family warmth and togetherness as old traditions are passed along through the generations, and new ones are created along the way.
Candles are an important part of holiday celebrations and symbolization in many cultures around the world. Candles brought light into the darkness in the days before electricity was invented. Hundreds of years ago candles were hand made, and were considered precious and special. Back then the fireplace was the center of family life, and candles were lit from the fireplace. Candles were often placed in windows, and could mean good news, a welcome signal, or friendship.
We light candles today to create a sense of warmth, happiness, home, traditions, occasions, and to celebrate family and friends. We associate certain candle scents with the holidays this time of year – cinnamon spice, pine, apple cider, gingerbread, peppermint, sugar cookies. What is the meaning of holiday candles that are lit in your home?
A wreath is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs or various materials that is constructed to resemble a ring. They are usually made from evergreens and symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. Bay laurel may also be used, and these wreaths are known as laurel wreath.
The wreath has significant meaning for the season. Its circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. The word “wreath” is linked to the word “wrist” because of its circular, never-ending shape.
Wreaths have been used as a decorative sign of holidays for hundred and hundreds of years. They can adorn any part of your home, inside or out. The wreath brings warmth to our hearts and welcomes our guests with holiday cheer. It emphasizes generosity and giving, as we stop to remember the true meaning of the holidays.
As you’re lighting your candles and hanging your wreaths, take a moment to reflect, embrace and enjoy your holiday traditions this 2016 Holiday Season!