There are perhaps few greater pleasures in life than walking up the path to the door of a friend or loved one.
There are perhaps few greater pleasures in life than walking up the path to the door of a friend or loved one. You feel the anticipation in your step, the anxiousness to be together again. The pleasure is all the more in winter, perhaps, when the experience seems almost magical: the crispness of the air, the crunching of the snow underfoot, the snowflakes softly falling all around you. You can almost hear harness bells ringing in the distance.
There is, moreover, something especially welcoming by the cheerful greeting of a carefully crafted seasonal wreath. The beauty and fragrance of a natural wreath makes you pause for a moment before ringing the doorbell. You almost feel enclosed, secreted away to a place of quiet reflection. You want to hang onto the moment and allow yourself to consider all that you love about the people inside, and all the joy and love that are waiting for you when you step into the warmth. You think about what is truly important.
When we see the care and attention that was invested in the greeting, it tells us that someone inside has taken the time and effort to place a greeting of beauty for not only their guests, but, indeed, for every passerby, and for anyone who happens to call. It is, in a small way, a small welcome to the entire world.
The wreath thus declares the message of not only Welcome, but also of its companions, Warmth and Cheer. It speaks to the beauty that we can find in living in the day to day, living in the season, living and celebrating a moment of wonder.
The wreath reminds us that there are still things that we can count on and that in a world where there is constant change, some things of beauty and love can remain the same.
Still, the beautifully crafted wreath also intimates the value of keeping a tradition. It reminds us that there are still things that we can count on and that in a world where there is constant change, some things of beauty and love can remain the same. The wreath also reminds us of the determination and effort it takes to make that so. That what is good and authentic and meaningful in our lives takes at times enormous effort. But we would not have it any other way.
The lovingly placed door greeting thus perhaps speaks more of the person making it than it does of the wreath itself. You reflect, then, on the person you know who took the time and care and love to prepare such an inviting welcome, and to reflect on what they mean to you. That person could be your mother or friend or neighbour. It could even be of a friend you are about to make.
Such are a few thoughts on the welcome offered by the wreath on the door of a loved one.
Below are the links to three videos prepared by Red Scarf Equestrian on how you can hand make a door wreath with an equestrian theme.