Personally I love Christmas, the enchanting carols, the family, friends and the food. I am also fascinated by the symbolism and this year our wreath outside the back door symbolizes love, long life and good fortune to all those that cross the threshold.
All evergreens symbolize immortality and victory.
Pine cones symbolize fertility, they also have numerous seeds which are edible. In ancient times pine cones were seen as a gift from the gods. St. Ambrose considered the pine cone as the image of the never ending continuance of nature and therefore a symbol of future eternal life.
The pine and spruce were considered good protection against evil and were often hung on doors to keep the ill-intentioned out!
The ivy is steeped in myth and magic. At Christmas it was traditionally used to decorate the houses and churches as it is said to bring good fortune to the women of the house. It also symbolized eternal life, loyalty, devotion, patriotism and undying desire.
May I wish you all, Long life, Love, Happiness and Peace for this Christmas and for 2014.