Like brussels sprouts, Christmas wreaths divide opinion. They can be a creative use of natural materials available in winter, like Christmas tree branches, pine cones or holly, woven together in a circle full of symbolism of evergreen eternity. But in countries where wreaths are symbols of mourning, it can also seem odd to use them to celebrate Christmas.
These Christmas wreaths were on sale last week in London’s Borough Market.
I think they can look really attractive hanging on a door, like this one on a house near the Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames.
If you use pine cones and stars, like KJ West One in Marylebone, then the colour scheme is a long way from the funeral wreath.
Nobody does wreaths better than the Ritz Hotel in London.
Their cloisters on Piccadilly are lined with red, green and gold banners and wreaths.
So what do you think? Use them as festive garlands? Or leave them to funerals?