Traditionally, one thinks of a wreath as the primary decoration for the front door to welcome guests for holiday and seasonal celebrations. Decide how you want to greet your guests and what you want to reveal about yourself.

For example, a young married couple might welcome guests with an evergreen heart wreath draped with a red ribbon flowing in the breeze. A young family may choose a wreath that their children helped make using organic-found and homemade items such as pine cones, birds nests, candy canes and branches.

A master gardener may choose to decorate a wreath with small clay pots filled with dried herbs, berries and seeds for the birds to eat.

Or the the glitzy girl loves glitter, gold and all that sparkles. Her wreath will be iridescent, transparent, with gold to evoke class and celebrate crisp icy days.  Gold ribbons, leaves, ornaments, and icicles welcome her lucky guests. Adding gold, silver and copper creates a feeling of trendy sophistication to any wreath.

Originally from South Dakota, I think wreaths on the front door mean nature. Natural bird houses, feathers, warm earthy tones, and woodland features create an outdoorsy feel. Include a small rack of deer horns for depth and texture. Adding antiques to the wreath brings back fond memories.

Florists are experts at custom design. Ask your florist to design a wreath for your front door (and your personality) and let the festivities begin. Also see “Front Doors and First Impressions with Your Christmas Wreath.”

What does your holiday wreath look like?