Posted by S. on 2/6/2012
Although the balsam wreaths we make at Worcester Wreath Co. are most often associated with the Christmas season, the wreath itself has a rich history of symbolism.
In ancient Greece and Rome, wreaths were known as diadems, from the Greek "diadema," which means "a thing bound around." Wreaths were worn or hung to represent a person's occupation, rank and status.
Wreaths made of laurel were associated with the Greek god Apollo, known as the god of life and light. One myth describes Apollo's romantic pursuit of the nymph Daphne. She fled and asked for help from the river god, Peneus, who turned her into a laurel tree. From then on, Apollo wore a laurel wreath on his head, and the wreath became associated with the characteristics of Apollo --victory, achievement and status.