As you look around the Hudson Valley, you will start to see people decorating for the winter holidays. For most, this also includes a special wreath for their front door.

Why do people do this? Do you know, do they or is it just a part of their annual family tradition?  Here is the history behind the wreaths on the door, according to ChristmasForest.com:

Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory. In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending.

The word wreath comes from the Greek word diadema, which means a thing bound around and can be traced to Greek and Roman times where laurel wreaths were placed on peoples heads in ceremony.

Throughout the Hudson Valley over the next few weeks you will also be seeing many organizations selling wreaths as fundraisers, from Boy Scout Troops to local fire departments and libraries.

Do you hang a wreath on your door (or mantle or car) during the holiday season? Do you do it because you simply like the way it looks? Let us know in the comment section below. Happy Holidays.

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