The temperature outside is dipping, the leaves are falling off the trees and certain items have begun to appear in the shops, which can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming. Whether you like to decorate as soon as the Halloween decorations have gone down or you prefer to wait until deep December before you get into the festive spirit, it pays to make sure you're prepared for the holiday season.
One easy way to make your home look instantly more Christmassy is by hanging a wreath on your front door or window. You, and everyone who passes by, will get a sprinkling of that festive feeling. Whether you'd like a real, artificial or even a lit, battery-operated wreath, this guide will introduce you to ten beautiful options on Amazon, eBay and John Lewis.
Everyone has their own family traditions and rituals when it comes to getting ready for Christmas. For your wreath, you could choose traditional colours and styles, or you could do something different and experiment with alternative materials and designs. Here are some tips to help you decide.
Pine branches were originally used to represent everlasting life and artificial versions of this core wreath component have stuck around thanks to symbolic, practical and aesthetic reasons.
Whilst more traditional wreaths might focus in on these components, that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be spiced up (sometimes quite literally with cinnamon and orange) to be something special.
On the other hand, new additions or modifications to the original wreath have been woven into plenty of options to offer something fresh. Bright baubles and fun spray effects come together to breathe new life into this traditional decoration. The choice is yours!
You will typically find that Christmas wreaths are circular. The circular shape has its origin in Christianity with a circle's lack of beginning or end symbolising God. The round shape also serves a practical purpose as it makes wreaths easy to hang and allows things to be interwoven in a uniform way.
These days, Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of different people, and some might want to move away from the traditional round design to something more unique. Popular alternative shapes to consider include stars and hearts.
You don't want your wreath to look out of proportion on your door, or in any other location of your choosing, so make sure it's not too big or too small.
Smaller wreaths usually measure in at about 30 cm in diameter, whereas larger ones can be up to 60 cm. It is up to you how prominent you want your wreath to be, but you don't want it to get in the way of any knockers, handles or letterboxes, so bear that in mind before you go for the biggest option.
The minute you think of Christmas, there are certain colours that spring to mind: red, green and gold. Wreaths that are made from evergreen branches and berries tend to have these colours running through them naturally and will never fail to look pretty and festive.
However, you are not bound to the traditional reds and greens of yore. You can express your own unique festive style by including different shades of the rainbow. We've made sure to include some simple gold wreaths as well as a bold and colourful option on our list!
Most wreaths in churches or those that still have strong religious associations are adorned with candles. These candles are lit at different stages of advent to celebrate the coming of Christmas.
For obvious reasons, it is impractical – and even dangerous – for everyone's wreaths to have candles on that need to be lit and kept alight throughout the festive build-up.
To try and recreate a similar sentiment, and also just to add another impressive element, look for wreaths with fairy lights woven into them which you can turn on and off. This will make any wreath stand out, particularly when it gets dark.
It's completely up to you where you'd like to display your wreath. Some people might put them on their front doors, whilst others might feel that inside works better. Whichever you prefer, make sure that your wreath is suitable to be used inside or out.
Wreaths that aren't waterproof, perhaps because they have lights or other electrics, might not survive living outside for the duration of the festive period, so check before you buy.
Hopefully by now you have a rough idea in your head of how you want your wreath to go about bringing the Christmas spirit this year. Whether you want to stick to a classic design or maybe branch out to something new, we have looked at options that will suit everyone.
|Components||Artificial fir, pine cones, baubles, poinsettia|
|Size||25, 30, or 40 cm|
|Colours||White, red, green|
|Components||Artificial eucalyptus, spruce and pine cones|
|Size||40 x 40 cm|
|Size||34 cm diameter|
|Colours||Green, red, gold|
|Components||Artificial branches and leaves|
|Size||42 x 60 cm|
|Components||Real fir, holly, pine cones, ribbon, berry twigs, orange slices, cinnamon sticks|
|Size||36 cm diameter|
|Colours||Green, red, orange, brown, red|
|Components||Artificial fir, pine cones, berries, baubles|
|Size||60 cm diameter|
|Colours||Green and red|
|Size||40.6 cm diameter|
|Components||Artificial fir branches, stars, baubles, pine cone|
|Colours||Green, white, red, brown|
|Size||30 x 30 cm|
|Colours||Green, white, silver|
|Components||Artificial pine sprigs, eucalyptus leaves, pine cones, baubles|
|Size||39 cm diameter|
|Colours||Gold, green, brown|
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
Renaissance Pearl Glitter Wreath
Mistletoe Christmas Wreath
Christmas Heart Wreath
Pop Art Rainbow Bauble Wreath
Pre-Lit Decorated Wreath
Real Christmas Wreath
Enchanted Christmas Gold Foliage Christmas Wreath
Large Baubles Christmas Hanging Wreath
Impressionism Pre-Lit Star Wreath
An Elegant Wreath That Elevates the Humble Pine Cone
Get Romantic With Mistletoe on Your Door
A Heart-Shaped Wreath to Spread the Love
Inject Some Fun Into Your Christmas Decorations
A Traditional Wreath With a Bright New Glow
This Real Wreath Brings Nature to Your Door
A Blend of Luxury, Opulence and Modernity Ideal for Black Doors
If You Don't Want the Natural Look, Try This Wreath
A Christmas Star That Will Shine at Night
A Light-Up Wreath to Fit Any Door or Space
|Components||Artificial pine sprigs, eucalyptus leaves, pine cones, baubles||Artificial mistletoe||Artificial fir branches, stars, baubles, pine cone||Baubles||Artificial fir, pine cones, berries, baubles||Real fir, holly, pine cones, ribbon, berry twigs, orange slices, cinnamon sticks||Artificial branches and leaves||Baubles||Artificial eucalyptus, spruce and pine cones||Artificial fir, pine cones, baubles, poinsettia|
|Size||39 cm diameter||30 x 30 cm||-||40.6 cm diameter||60 cm diameter||36 cm diameter||42 x 60 cm||34 cm diameter||40 x 40 cm||25, 30, or 40 cm|
|Colours||Gold, green, brown||Green, white, silver||Green, white, red, brown||Rainbow||Green and red||Green, red, orange, brown, red||Gold||Green, red, gold||Green, silver||White, red, green|
|Lights||No||No||No||No||Yes (battery-powered)||No||No||No||Yes (battery-powered)||Yes (battery-powered)|
With your new wreath chosen and this year's festive period well and truly on its way, it's probably time to start thinking about your indoor decorations too. From traditional toppers to quirky decorations for modern trees, our recommendations will help you evoke the festive spirit in your home no matter your taste.
Wreaths are a great way of letting everyone know that the festivities have begun in your household, as well as getting everyone excited for the season. Christmas can be celebrated in so many ways, and putting a wreath up that shows your style is a good a place as any to start!
Author: Emma Cramp
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