Holiday Décor for Your Door
Make your own wreaths that last through the yuletide season and into the new year
Besides the Christmas tree, there is no more iconic symbol of the season than the wreath. A prominent focal point for your doorway or mantel, the holiday wreath is a celebratory sign of unity, joy, and the full circle of another year coming to a close. Green wreaths of myrtle, laurel and bay originated during the Greco-Roman era, and were worn as status symbols, which were later adopted as a Christian tradition to signify and welcome the Christmas season. It’s then they became fashionable accessories for the front door.
Today, wreaths have morphed beyond the simplistic, becoming a welcoming representation of individual style. Gather some basic wreath forms at craft stores and garden centers, and personalize them with ornaments, nuts and fruits, berries and dried botanicals.
New Hampshire is dotted with charming stands to find beautiful wreaths to embellish. Here are some favorites:
- House By The Side Of The Road in Wilton, housebythesideoftheroad.com
- Black Forest Nursery in Boscawen, blackforestnursery.com
- Tendercrop Farm in Dover, tendercropfarm.com
- The Rocks in Bethlehem, forestsociety.org/the-rocks
Bonus Tip: Wreaths needn’t be relegated to an exterior door. But if yours is, make sure it’s right for a New Hampshire winter. Use faux fruits and berries on outside décor in order to avoid constant freezing and thawing in the winter elements. Other materials like dried pods, cones and twigs also hold up well in inclement weather. Use durable wreath bases made of wire and reinforced with hay, moss or grapevine to anchor your design. Green wreaths made of spruce, boxwood or pine will be easy to find at garden centers, grocery and home improvement stores. Here are a few other places to hang a wreath: gate, window, cupboard door, mirror. Host a wreath party and invite friends to decorate their own. Have hot-glue guns and floral wire on hand and a whole array of possible decorations like dried nuts and pods, glass ornaments, pine cones, berries and faux leaves and flowers.