Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December First, All Wreathed In Smiles

Wreaths of Williamsburg... it's Christmas again! (Click picture to enlarge)

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles." ~ Unknown
The inhabitants of Williamsburg during Colonial days did not have online ordering or a local Michaels store to buy silk flower picks and glittery ornaments. No, Christmas decorations were homemade with fresh greenery from local pine and holly trees, dried flowers preserved from summer fields, freshly harvested and dried fruits or flower seed pods; even stalks of wheat gathered in the fall were used to fashion wreaths to grace the homes. The tradition is carried on today and the wreaths are still homemade with material gathered from the area. Shops often use materials from their establishments that advertise their wares.... pewter cups, wooden spoons, children's toy blocks, horse bridles and such. Each year they are just a bit different and each year they are beautiful.

Close up view of details. Posted by Picasa

If you happen to be in the area of Colonial Williamsburg between Thanksgiving and New Years... stop. Park in one of the parking lots near the shopping square and take a stroll. While a pass is required to go inside many of the attractions, a simple stroll through the streets and a view of the decorations is absolutely free.

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Beverly said...

Beautiful.  I must get further than the Olive Garden some day.

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H-m-m-m. I've never had to sign in before.  That is my comment below.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Gosh, this is georgous! I recognize globe thistle in there. Now did you take this picture in Williamsburg, or did you buy the wreath and bring it home?

sandra said...

ginny said she is going to williamsburg to see all this. just about the prettiest wreathe i have ever seen. thanks for the info, i think we forget colonials had no michaels or craft stores and certainly no web to order from.

kenju said...

Most of the Williamsburg wreaths and swags and plaques are greens and fruit - or they used to be. A wreath like that requires a covered entrance to last!

Becky Chalet said...

I love the colors, this is soooo pretty!

Pearl said...

wow, that's pretty. haven't seen a grain wreath before.

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