The origins of the Advent wreath are found in folk tales of pre-Christian Germanic people who, during the cold and dark winters of Eastern Europe, gathered wreaths of evergreen and lit fires as signs of hope for the coming spring and renewed light. Christians continued the popular tradition, and by the 16th century, Catholics and Protestants in Germany used these symbols to celebrate the Advent of hope in Christ. From Germany, the use of the Advent wreath spread rapidly to other areas of the Christian world.

In ancient Rome and Greece, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and achievement. Greeks used wreaths as crowns of victory at the Pythian Games, a predecessor of today’s Olympic Games. In Rome, wreaths were usually worn by the women as a symbol of pride, and they were usually handmade from flowers, branches, twigs, thread, and laurels. They were also often worn on special occasions, such as weddings and the solstice celebrations.

Nothing symbolizes the tradition of Christmas on the exterior of your home more than the Christmas or Advent wreath. JEVITIE makes wreaths from succulents, evergreen and other plants to symbolize strength of life as these plants are able to overcome even the harshest of winters. Other components of wreaths can commonly be flowers; leaves; fruit; pine; holly, symbolizing immortality; and cedar, symbolizing strength and healing.