Make a statement this advent and hang a fake wreath on your door.

Don’t you just love December? It’s full of such twinkly promise. Nights are cosy and fire-lit and spent watching Strictly Come Dancing. All the good bits of Christmas are ahead. Adorned with decorations that haven’t even thought of drooping yet, the world looks festive and jolly.

If you do nothing else to encapsulate this spirit, hang a wreath, that timeless symbol of eternal life, on your door – and do it pronto. Because nothing announces the festive season more emphatically than a wreath.

“The wreath is a harbinger of the holidays,” says Martha Stewart. “We display ours to better deck the halls, share end-of-year cheer, and to greet our guests all season long.”

The New York Times celebrates the wreath thus: “The Christmas wreath, so colourful and welcoming, is as packed as a snowball with tradition and symbolism…

“The evergreen wreath – its circular shape an emblem not only of perfection and unity but also of the warm, enduring sun – later became a Christian symbol for Christ’s suffering and ultimate triumph over death…

“The wreath has additionally become decorative, an outlet for creativity in an era encouraging self-expression… Whether lovingly handmade from natural materials or store-bought and cherished through the years, today’s wreaths communicate a sense of joy and a desire for peace.”

You can make your own – wreath-making workshops were all the rage before Covid hit – or buy a live one. Or, this year, you could consider going for an artificial one, which – if you pack it away with love each January – will serve you through countless Christmases to come.

Here is our pick of the finest faux wreaths around.

ULTIMATE GREEN & BERRY WREATH BY THE WHITE COMPANY




With its natural-looking, full, lavish greenery and white berries dotted throughout, this large wreath shouts good cheer and good taste.


GYPSOPHILA LIT WREATH BY COX AND COX




This subtle and delicate wreath is lit by 15 tiny LED bulbs, which produce exactly the right amount of enchanting twinkle for the most wonderful time of year.


FAUX PUSSY WILLOW WREATH BY OKA




Oka’s Faux Pussy Willow Wreath is designed with Easter celebrations in mind but it is so pretty, elegant and refined that we think it earns its place on a Christmas door, too.


CHRISTMAS WREATH MADE FROM DRINKS CANS FROM NOT ON THE HIGH STREET




Wacky, eco-friendly and a definite conversation-starter, this wreath is made in Staffordshire out of imaginatively repurposed aluminium cans.


SMALL FELT ROBIN HOLLY WREATH BY LIBERTY




With its creaky wooden staircases and iconic Christmas department, Liberty always rocks the festive season. This pretty felt wreath, handcrafted in Nepal, is just one example of how right the iconic store gets it.


SNOWBERRY WREATH FROM SARAH RAVEN




Pretty little artificial snowberries are generously clustered here to form a beautiful festive wreath.


TECHNICOLOUR RAINBOW BAUBLE WREATH BY JOHN LEWIS




Tasteful and traditional have their place but if they aren’t your vibe, consider this riotous ring of joy from John Lewis. It doesn’t take itself at all seriously; it simply screams: party time.


SOUTHWOLD WREATH IN GREEN BY GARDEN TRADING




There is something endlessly pleasing about this peaceful felt creation from Garden Trading. It would suit purists who don’t want a live wreath but don’t want fake foliage either.


KHAMILA LEAF WREATH FROM NKUKU




A major departure from advent wreaths of yore, this stunning wreath – handcrafted in brass – will elevate the dankest doorstep.


VELVET CHRISTMAS WREATH FROM NOT ON THE HIGH STREET




Made in Britain out of luxurious velvet (offcuts from the designer’s cushion business) and recycled ribbon in a range of uplifting colours, this utterly original wreath will get tongues wagging.


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By Nancy Alsop
September 2021

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