The History of Christmas Plants
We all know the kind of plants best associated with Christmas. From the evergreen pine trees to the mistletoe we had our first kiss under. Even in the cold and dark times of the year, we still have a multitude of gorgeous plants to admire and cherish.
But do you know the history of these plants? Why is it that every year we bring a tree into our home (Or out of the attic)? Why do we even kiss under the mistletoe? What is the point of a wreath on our front door and mantlepiece?
Look no further. We’re here to teach you a bit of Christmas trivia. It's sure to impress your family members as you wait for the turkey to cool down.
We’ve paired each traditional Christmas plant with one of our Christmas flowers. This will give you brilliant ideas for your Christmas decorations.
So, pour the eggnog and roast the chestnuts. and let’s dive into the history of the traditional Christmas plant.
Christmas Tree – The Centrepiece of it all
What could say “traditional Christmas plant” more than a Christmas tree? Its connection to Christmas is so innate, it’s in the name! Well, technically, no.
Most of these trees aren’t called so. It’s the decorations that make it Christmassy. Usually, fir, spruce or pine trees are our festive friends.
The tradition of taking trees in from the cold originates from medieval Livonia. This is the land in which now exists Estonia and Latvia. Trade guild members would decorate and dance around the tree. Like we do today!
Other origins are a bit closer to the familiar. Lutheran German protestants were famous for taking such trees into their actual homes. Christian Mystery plays once showed the tree in the garden of Eden as a spruce tree. Pagan polish traditions hung “podłaźniczka” from the ceiling, bits of decorated spruce, fir or pine.
This traditional Christmas plant always had one purpose. They bring a bit of brightness into the world when all things seem their darkest. It has been a reminder that even if the world outside looks dead and barren, it won’t be forever. And these evergreen trees represent that.
Our Urban Jungle Christmas flowers best complement your tree. The subdued colours match the themes and colours of this traditional Christmas plant. Have our Christmas flowers perk up your home.
Bring a bit of the wild outside into your home and remind yourself that brighter days are coming.
Christmas Wreath – A symbol of love forever
Wreaths have an even older origin than Christmas trees. Unlike them, they have a far less Christmassy, winter-like starting point.
The ancient Greeks and Romans are famous for having started the tradition of a wreath. They wove leaves together to convey authority, rank and status. Different leaves meant different ranks. For instance, oak leaves symbolized wisdom and Zeus. While laurel and olive leaves were rewards for winning in the Olympic games.
What we currently recognise as an or advent wreath, came about as an animalist custom. This predates Christianity by untold years. Woven wool, straw, wheat or other objects celebrated the harvest. This was an important period to pre-Romanised cultures. These would hang on doors year-round, not just for Christmas.
Lutheran protestants in 16th century Germany pushed wreaths into our Christmas tradition. Wreaths with coloured candles counted the weeks towards Christmas drew near. This was to teach children about advent and Christmas traditions.
This tradition is still in place today, not only among protestants but Catholics too! They’re often a symbol of Jesus’ love and the never-ending cycle of rebirth.
The best ideas for preserved floral arrangements we have for this is our Adore You dried flowers. These gorgeous flowers are sure to pop against the forest green of your Christmas wreath.
Mistletoe – Christmas Romance perfected
Most of us, at least once in our lives, have kissed under the mistletoe. It’s a tradition to always kiss whenever two souls connect beneath these sneakily placed plants. Often found haphazardly sellotaped onto your kitchen door frame by your mum.
But why has it earned this distinction as a plant of romance? As with most Christmas traditions, we head back to pagan times.
Many pre-Christian societies revered mistletoe as a symbol of Gods of Fertility. The leaves of the plant are an essential part of the infamous Norse story of Ragnarök, the end of the world. Since Roman times, mistletoe symbolised peace and understanding. Nowadays, it is a symbol of diplomacy the same as olive branches.
Christianity incorporated many pagan traditions into its teachings. The idea of mistletoe as a symbol of fertility stuck around. The tradition of kissing under it comes from 18th-century servants.
These young lovers were carrying the tradition on from medieval times. This was quickly co-opted by more chauvinistic, brutish male aristocrats. They used it as an excuse to kiss any girl they’d like and bring woe and bad luck on those women who refused.
The plant has since become a staple symbol of Christmas. It's usually placed on mantle pieces, as part of wreaths and upon door frames around the world.
Our Rustic Meadow preserved floral arrangements go perfectly with the natural, white mistletoe. The muted colours of these dried flowers will be the most exquisite backdrop to the traditional symbol of love and fertility.
Don’t just decorate your kitchen door, let your entire home be blessed with Christmas cheer!
Everlasting Flowers for all year round
Just like these traditional Christmas plants, our flowers are designed to last forever. With proper care and maintenance, our dried flowers can last you up to 3 years!
We’re dedicated to an ecological and sustainable delivery of flowers. That’s why when you order from us, your delivery will be completely carbon neutral, and the next day!
Have a gift this year that, like an evergreen tree, will last the whole year long, and ever-more!