The welcoming wreath
It invites all callers to come inside and share the Christmas spirit with you
The traditional symbol of welcome and hospitality is a wreath of fresh greens, trimmed to a fare-thee-well.
To make your own, start with a heavy wire frame 18″ in diameter, and use florists’ twine to attach greens: hemlock, yew, pine, whatever is available, and enough to make a fat, thick wreath. Then trim it with glittering ornaments, pine cones, perhaps a miniature sleigh, frosted fruits or attic treasures. Finish it off with a satin or velvet bow if you like, hang it on your front door and get ready to welcome your friends.
Vintage Christmas decor: Della Robbia wreath of artificial fruits, gold and red ribbons, a wood-carved angel
Glittering Christmas wreath of tiny ornaments, frosted fruits and flowers, bits of costume jewelry
Bird’s nest wreath, complete with two toy birds, has a moss green velvet bow
Santa’s sleigh wreath, trimmed with a berry tree, ribbon bow and streamers
Miniature toy wreath has a red velvet boot, a candy cane to please the children
Traditional wreath of greens is decorated with a gold eagle, and large and small shining Christmas tree balls.