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Hey Caesar - love your Garland!



YOU DON'T HAVE TO RULE AN EMPIRE TO DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH GARLANDS.


Christmas garlands have a rich history that dates back to ancient times. The use of greenery and decorations during winter festivals has been a tradition in many cultures. Here's a brief overview of the origins of Christmas garlands:

· Pagan Origins: The use of evergreen plants, such as holly and ivy, has ancient roots in pagan winter celebrations. These plants were seen as symbols of life and fertility during the cold and dark winter months. They were often used to decorate homes and sacred spaces to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the coming of spring.

· Roman Influence: The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a festival honouring the god Saturn, during the winter solstice. Greenery and lights were used to decorate homes as a symbol of hope and warmth during the darkest days of the year.

· Christian Adaptation: As Christianity spread, the tradition of decorating homes during winter festivities persisted. The early Christians adapted the use of evergreens as a symbol of eternal life through Christ. The circular shape of the wreaths and garlands came to represent God's unending love.

· Medieval Europe: In medieval Europe, Christmas garlands became more elaborate. They were often made with intertwined evergreen branches, herbs, and flowers. These decorations were used to celebrate the Christmas season and were sometimes hung in churches and on doors.

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Victorian Era: The Victorian era saw a resurgence of interest in Christmas traditions, and the use of garlands became even more popular. Garlands adorned with candles, ribbons, and ornaments became fashionable, and people started to hang them not only in homes but also in public spaces.

· Modern Traditions: Today, garlands are a staple of Christmas holiday decorations. They come in various forms, including the traditional evergreen garlands, as well as garlands made from artificial materials, lights, and other festive ornaments. They are used to adorn mantles, staircases, doorways, and Christmas trees, adding a festive and cosy atmosphere to homes during the holiday season.





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