Exciting Christmas wreath tradition in London!

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Christmas time has always been precious to me. Especially with the kids growing up. And especially since I live in London. In this city all doors are nicely decorated and the wreaths are all out for the festivities in the capital …
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So this year, for the first time, I wanted to feel like a true Londoner and made my own wreath! And I am very excited to reveal to you what I have learnt from this experience … 

The origin of wreaths

Christmas wreaths are a well-known tradition, which has been around for a while. Wreaths are used in all houses, inside and out, as a decorative sign of Christmas. But where do their name  and meaning come from?
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonOn this website I learnt that “the word ‘wreath’ could be derived from an English word meaning to twist, such as in a circle”. 
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonFrom a christian religious perspective, the Christmas wreath symbolizes the Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or the unending circle of life while the evergreens symbolizes growth and everlasting life.
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonThe wreaths were typically decorated with four candles, three on the exterior and one in the middle. The middle candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the arrival of Jesus Christ. A tradition began in the early 19th century to lay evergreens shaped into wreaths or crosses on graves to honor the dead. Family members would bring them home to use as part of their Christmas decorations during the holiday season.
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How to make your own wreath?

Wherever you look in London, all facades and doors are adorned with wreaths. Some are quite simple and delicate, some others more sophisticated. Whatever their aspect, the wreaths are always a good addition to your home!
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonThis year, I wanted to know more about wreaths and booked in for a wreath-making workshop, that was organized at my kids’  school with a professional. A few mums including me had never decorated a wreath before (unsurprisingly mostly foreigners) but some others obviously knew their stuff, having brought their own utensils and decorative led tinsels ! 
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonTo begin with, wreaths are made of evergreens. You can choose artificial branches of course, but then you would miss the particular smell of the evergreens…
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonWreaths can be decorated with a wide variety of Christmassy items such as pine cones, holly berries, dried fruits or anything that suits you !
Wreaths London lifestyle blog DoyouspeaklondonThe best advice I’ve had while decorating my own wreath were:
1. Always work in a clockwise direction, following the wreath’s branches.
2. Keep it as natural as possible. Tinsels may be appealing but I rather fancy a natural effect on my wreath.
3. Make bunches of items, don’t use them individually. The professional there advised us to group 3 items together, which I did for the dried oranges, cinnamons and berries, to give more of an “organized feel to the wreath design”. 
4. Be proud of your result! All wreaths are nice to look at anyway!
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Wreath inspirations

You surely associate Christmas with decorations and celebrations. Christmas also gives the opportunity to gather family and friends around a good meal …and wreaths can be an good inspiration for meals !

Try this salad, which combines nice ingredients with a good looking impact: salad leaves, pears, walnuts, blue cheese and pomegranate (one of my favorite fruit to decorate salads…!).
Here is a caprese Christmas wreath that is absolutely my style: the perfect healthy appetizer !
And I would personally go for this BBC Good Food recipe to try a tasty dessert: a “spiced fruit & pistachio bread wreath” (pistachios are always a good treat, aren’t they?). 

But there are still many other choices! Especially there is no shortage of ideas on Pinterest on how to make edible wreaths to decorate the house and finally eat everything up at Christmas! Enjoy!
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2 thoughts on “Exciting Christmas wreath tradition in London!

  1. Myriam says:
    Je découvre ce post alors que je sors d’un sublime concert de Noëls anglais au Grand Théâtre de Provence ( le Chœur Tenebrae dirigé par Nigel Short en tournée en France ) et je retrouve la même élégance , la même délicatesse , le même raffinement dans les belles photos de DYSL . Merci pour ces couronnes symboles de perfection (sans début ni fin ) et d’harmonie (tous les points du cercle étant égaux entre eux ) . Merci aussi pour les conseils de décoration et bon Noël à tous .

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