Evergreen crowns at Christmastime are common in doors, fireplaces, and homes. Flowers have been used for hundreds of years, even before the birth of Christ. Many historians believe that the first crowns came from the Persian Empire, when royalty and high-ranking members carried crowns, or headbands, that were decorated with precious stones. Other cultures will later become interested in this tradition, adopting and adapting it themselves.
Some 800 years before the birth of Christ, the Greeks began welcoming the winners of their Olympics by crowning them with degrees of laurel branches. Years later, as the games moved from city to city, local tree branches were used to make these achievements for the winners. During the Roman Empire, military and political leaders wore crowns of green and green. For example, Julius Caesar was crowned with a crown made of brown branches and leaves. The change of the crown from head ornaments to wall decorations is believed to have taken place when the runners (or perhaps successful military leaders) returned home, and hung their heads on the walls and doors, as a victory.
Egyptian, Chinese, and Hebrew cultures are known to use the evergreen branches as a symbol of eternal life, for conifer trees remained green throughout the winter months. After the birth of Christ, the Christmas crown made of green branches symbolizes victory for life in the long winter months.
The Advent wreath also became a popular holiday after the birth of Christ. This decoration was usually placed on a table and was used to count the four weeks before Christmas. Traditionally the crown was made of four candles in a circle and one candle in the middle. The four outside candles were purple or violet, and the middle candle was white. Four weeks before Christmas, the first candle of violet would be lit. The following week, a candle would be lit, and so on, until a white candle was lit on Eve or Christmas day, signifying the coming of Christ. A brief prayer was offered to light each candle. The reason why the last candle is placed in the center is to show that we need to keep Christ in the center of our lives and in the center of Christmas celebrations.
Based on paintings and paintings, most historians believe that the use of vineyards during the Christmas period spread throughout Northern Europe, Spain, and Italy in the 19th century. Green was used as a symbol of endurance in the cold winter months, and the holly berries that were often used as decoration were the blood of Christ.
It is also believed that Europeans also use flowers on their doors to represent their family identity, as if it were a family. These crowns are made of products grown in their gardens, such as grapes, fresh flowers, or other products. The design of these jars was a family tradition that followed the same pattern year after year.
Today, crowns are still widely used around the world. In the US, crowns are a traditional Christmas decoration, as well as other holidays throughout the year. Crowns now adorn the doors for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, July 4th and Easter. After all, wreaths are not limited to branches that remain green. Many art galleries, books, and television shows have special crowns made of various unusual materials and decorations for almost any occasion.