Around Christmas time, you will see wreaths adorning doors throughout the neighbourhoods around Australia. A wreath, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is " a decorative arrangement of foliage or flowers on a circular base" & they have been a Christmas tradition for centuries, however it is not only the Christians that have used wreaths, and not only for doors.
Wreaths have been used in many cultures and religions around the world for everything from wedding crowns, memory wreaths woven from
rosemary & worn during exams to aid memory and cognition, harvest wreaths and many more applications.
Even though wreaths are quite easy to come by, there is nothing better than seeing a wreath that you put your love and intentions into, hanging on your door for the Christmas holidays. Not only does it mean so much more because you made it yourself, you can also use it as a way to add extra layers of magic to your home. Christmas time, even though for many it is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful and sometimes saddest time of the year. If you make your own christmas wreath, you can infuse it with the energies of whatever you desire.
The Magickal Herbs I Used For Our Wreath & Why:
This holidays, I chose to make a magickal wreath, infused with the protective properties of rosemary, cinnamon, lavender, rose & star anise.
Rosemary, aside from it's pine like associations with Christmas, is a magickal ingredient which is protective, especially against malefica. Rosemary is also good for memory- which is why it is used for remembrance day. Because Christmas is a time of celebrating family and remembering those who have passed on, I thought rosemary was the ideal base for my wreath.
Cinnamon, aside from being a key Christmas ingredient in almost everything is an excellent magickal ingredient for bringing forth happiness and success. It is another protective herb, perfect for adorning a front door at Christmas time!
Rose, used in magick is healing and calming, one of the things that I believe every household can use at Christmas time!
Lavender is another protective herb that is used in protection and love magick. It promotes happiness and is perfect for your front door.
Star Anise, is an excellent protection against bad luck, something that no one wants at Christmas time. It is also really pretty and looks like stars, and not to mention it smells good also.
These are just a few examples of the herbs that can be used for your wreath. I encourage you to play around with what you have locally available to you. I chose these because either I grow them, or I have them as whole spices in my apothecary cabinet. At the end of the day, you can create a wreath suited to your own magickal needs with what you have on hand.
If you would like to know the process of creating your very own DIY Magickal Christmas Wreath, read on.
Supplies you will need:
- A thriving rosemary bush, or access to one (r whichever sturdy herb you can use as the base of your wreath- you could use lavender also).
- A ball of natural twine (I used jute twine)
- Secateurs & strong scissors for cutting the Rosemary and string.
- Dried ingredients for decorating your wreath such as cinnamon quills, rose buds etc.
- A large saucepan or flat bottomed bowl with an internal diameter the size you would like your wreath.
How To Assemble Your Magickal Christmas Wreath:
- Start layering your cut rosemary branches around the internal edges of your pot/bowl. Overlap them so that the branches are not all starting and ending in the one area.
- Once you have your basic wreath shape, take small pieces of
twine and tie them around your grouped rosemary branches at intervals around the wreath.
- Now that you have your basic rosemary wreath, you can set to work decorating it. For mine, I added Cinnamon sticks, grouped together at each quarter of the wreath. I also dotted dried red rosebuds and added some fresh lavender stems.
- Once you are happy with your decoration, hang it on your front door for all to enjoy.
One of the things that I love about this type of decoration for Christmas is that it is not only a super creative way to celebrate the Christmas spirit,
but it also lets you connect with nature in a way that many of us do not get to do anymore.
Also creating a Christmas wreath out of rosemary means that it will be completely biodegradable and when Christmas is over, you can either compost it, or use the dried rosemary in your spells or food. Just make sure that you have not used any sprays/glues etc when making your wreath.
“Wreath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreath. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.