Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Christmas wreaths, Chelsea 2014

2014-12-16 12.00.102014-12-16 11.59.482014-12-16 11.59.08The Christmas custom of decorating front doors by hanging wreaths on them seems to have 2014-12-16 12.00.52developed in the United Kingdom during the closing decades of the 20th century, presumably as an importation from North America.  It is now common practice and although wreath-making workshops are available it appears that most people use shop-bought decorations.

Images: Smith Street, Chelsea, London, where 17 of the 49 front doors were decorated with wreaths; 16 December 2014.

00619 December 2015:  Visited Smith Street again, about 50% of the front doors were decorated with wreaths, not all of them of plant materials.


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