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Spectacular New Year’s Eve Decorations

by Jennifer Sparks on December 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm

It’s almost New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re planning a small intimate gathering or a big, glitzy celebration, flowers can enhance the mood. Your florist has endless ideas to help you ring in 2017. Take a look at these floral designs for some inspiration to get the ball rolling before you watch it drop.

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Old Rituals and New Beginnings

by J. Robbin Yelverton on December 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Celebrations are used to mark significant dates and occasions and New Year’s Eve is certainly no new face to the party!  In fact, the celebration of Winter Solstice and the beginning of the New Year is one of the oldest. For most Westerners, that day of celebration has evolved and moved from the original December 21 to the beginning of the Gregorian calendar, January 1st. Other cultures celebrate the New Year on various dates, however, with all the diversity, there are some underlying themes.  The New Year is seen as a time to set things straight, wash the slate, out with the old and in with the new, and reflection and renewal.

In recognition of the many symbols and rituals used to usher in the New Year, this arrangement has been carefully and thoughtfully created. A golden long and narrow rectangular container serves as the base of the design to represent the prosperity of the New Year. Evergreen foliage, often used to symbolize everlasting life and to ward off evil creates a lush bed. Candles are used by many cultures to not only symbolize life and the driving away of darkness, but the smoke from the flame represents for many the prayers and thoughts rising.

The garland of cranberries twined with red string or yarn, a symbol of peace to certain American Indians, has also been used for its healing properties. The beautiful deep red of the cranberries is further enhanced by the use of a fresh pomegranate, which has been opened to show its seeds.  The pomegranate is a powerful symbol of prosperity and for many cultures represents knowledge, learning and wisdom.  In Greek mythology, the seeds of the pomegranate are part of the mythology of the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.

A cluster of grapes is present to bring to mind the Spanish practice of placing twelve grapes in a glass of wine or champagne, which is then used to toast your guests at midnight.  As the wine is drunk the grapes are eaten one at a time with each representing a month of the New Year. A wish is made for each grape as it is eaten.  White roses, a symbol of purity and honesty lend their elegant beauty. Stems of wheat are added as a symbol of love and charity as well as guard against conceit. A flourish of ivy to the right invokes the Celtic symbolism of connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth.

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