17th Card for Christmas 2010


Americans recognize the evergreen wreath as a Christmas symbol. Many people hang them on their front doors at Christmas time or display them in other parts of the house. No one seems to know the exact history of this custom. Some speculate that the front door wreath evolved out of the older, German Advent wreath. Others suppose it to be an old Irish custom. The English word “wreath” comes from the old Anglo-Saxon verb writhan, meaning “to writhe” or “to twist.” Indeed, Christmas wreaths are made by bending or twisting branches of greenery into a circular shape.

Wreaths have served as powerful symbols for millennia. In ancient Greece and Rome wreaths of greenery worn as crowns sat on the brows of those believed to have won divine favor. Thus, wreaths adorned the heads of sacrificial animals, winners of athletic and artistic competitions, participants in religious festivals, and kings. The type of greenery used to make the wreath also sent a message. Winners of athletic and literary contests donned wreaths of laurel. Wreaths of ivy circled the brows of those honoring the wine god, Dionysus or Bacchus. Those whose achievements brought about military victories or peace wore wreaths of olive.

Materials Used:

CEF - Tim Holtz : Retro Circles
CCHobby for the plain colored cardstocks
Printed cardstock - leftover for short unknown hehehehehehe
Satin ribbons bought in Philippines
Sentiment "Merry & Bright" - unknown
Girl with Wreathe Stamp by - unknown
MS Edge punch - lace hearts
Black embossing powder

Copic Markers:
skin - E00, 93, 95, R00
hair - E33, 35, 53
dress / headband - YG11, 63, 95, R29, 59, and RV29
shoes - YG00, 23
Wreath - G02, 28, 94
ribbon /bow - Y17, 38


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