WELCOME WREATH WEDNESDAY

Today, was a beautiful day! First, I enjoyed a lovely luncheon with forty loving, generous women. Each one is a beautiful quilter.

Later, I had the privilege of sharing dinner with ten great women who make up the Washington Township Ladies Auxiliary. I am part of both of these unique groups.

However, delicious food, wonderful conversations, and sweet ladies are not what this story is about.

This is a Christmas story about a decoration that adorns doors, windows, and just about any place you would like to hang them.

I am a huge fan of Christmas. I love everything about it, especially the decorations that grace the homes in my neighborhood.

Besides the trimmed trees peeking out through the windows and decorated lawns, I love looking at the different types of wreaths hung on front doors. Fresh wreaths with pretty bows, decorated with whatever caught the eye of the owner are my favorites.

 However, I must admit, although I never saw a wreath I didn’t like, the simple wreath is one that has always touched my heart. Now, I am not knocking artificial wreaths by any means, since I use a few in my home, but something changes when I hang a fresh wreath on my front door, and one or two throughout my home.

Did you know wreaths have a special meaning? As Jesus is the reason for the season, the circular shape symbolizes eternity. The roundness of the wreath has no beginning and no end. It resembles the circle of life. Isn’t that beautiful! I particularly love how the green circle emulates the never-ending love from the Man who created us. The center of the wreath is empty, it is a visual for us to remember what it would be like without Him in our lives. I can’t imagine not knowing  His love, grace, and forgiveness.

Now I know why my heart feels alive when I hang fresh wreaths on my front door, and throughout my home. It’s a deep feeling of peace. It’s as if, I have invited Him in for a cup of tea, a Christmas cookie, and conversation. A guest who is always welcomed to come and stay for a lifetime.

So whether you like a fresh wreath or an artificial wreath, remember the meaning behind the round shape and empty center, and let peace, hope, faith, and love, fill your heart with the true meaning of Christmas.

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