Evergreen Gifts for the Holidays A Symbolic Tradition

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Posted on 09/08/2023

Evergreen Decorations for the Holidays: Uses, Care Tips, and Recycling Evergreen Décor

The winter holiday season is synonymous with traditions, and one of the most iconic is the use of evergreens as celebratory symbols. Whether it's the wreaths hanging on doors, festive table runners, delightful centerpieces, swags draping the mantle, or those charming mini Christmas trees that bring joy to a corner of your room, evergreens have a special place in our hearts and homes during this season. But, have you ever wondered why?


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Why Evergreens? A Glimpse into History

Evergreens, as their name suggests, remain green throughout the year. In ancient times, during the harsh winters when most trees shed their leaves and the world seemed cold and barren, evergreens stood out as a beacon of hope, symbolizing eternal life. Many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Romans, and Celts, would bring in evergreen boughs to celebrate winter solstice.

The transition to Christian traditions saw the evergreen, especially the fir tree, representing non-secular everlasting life. The wreath's circular shape is emblematic of the promise of unending love and the eternal life a deity offers. Over time, this practice was incorporated into Christmas celebrations, becoming a widespread tradition.

Keeping Your Evergreen Gifts and Decorations Fresh

  1. Water is Essential: Especially for mini Christmas trees, ensure they are watered regularly. The base of the tree should always be moist but not soggy.
  2. Mist Regularly: For wreaths, swags, and table runners, a light misting every day can help retain their freshness. The added humidity can also carry those organic holidays scents further.
  3. Keep Away from Heat: Evergreens dry out when exposed to direct heat. Keep them away from heaters, radiators, and direct sunlight.
  4. Check for Sap: Fresh evergreen branches will produce sap, which helps seal moisture in. If you're making your own decorations, cut a small section from the base before setting it in water.

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Knowing When to Say Goodbye and What Next

  • Brittleness and Shedding: When your evergreen gifts start becoming brittle and begin shedding excessively, it's a clear sign they've run their course.
  • Discoloration: If they lose their vibrant green color and turn brownish, it's time to let them go.
  • Odor: Fresh evergreens have a pleasant, forest-like aroma. A sour or off-putting smell indicates they're past their prime.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Evergreen Boughs When Their Season Is Over

Once your evergreen gifts have served their purpose, don’t just throw them away. They can be:

  • Composted: They decompose naturally and can enrich your garden soil.
  • Used as Mulch: Break them down and spread them in garden beds to protect plants and enrich the soil.
  • Crafted: Create wood crafts or rustic decorations. The wood of evergreens, especially pine, has a pleasant aroma and can be used to make small trinkets.

Inspired to choose the best evergreen gifts for your family and friends? Shop the collection, order online, add a holiday message, choose your shipping timeframe, and sit back and relax knowing your thoughtful holiday symbol of hope, life, and the eternal cycle of nature will arrive right on time, ready to fluff, display, enjoy, and to make this season truly memorable, for yourself and everyone on your gift list.