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Our Vintage Christmas – holly wreath

holly wreath on blue doorWe think the first of December is an ideal time to put up a traditional Christmas holly wreath to give yourself a vintage cheer each time you and your friends come in without being overwhelmed by Christmas bling and sky-high electricity bills.

The term “Wreath” comes from the latin for “Wrist” referring to a continuous circular shape. In Middle English the word “wrethe” was also used to mean a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland. The circle is thought to represent eternity or eternal life demonstrating nature’s perseverance over the cold of winter and in Christian tradition representing eternal life. By the 16th century, Shakespeare had included the word “Holly” in his writing and  by the 17th century holly was a regular feature in Christmas decorations. The circle of holly came to represent Jesus’s crown of thorns, as well as the resurrection and eternal life. Holly and Christmas Wreaths now stand for peace, joy, and seasonal cheer.

snowy wreathWe got our holly wreath from our friends in LETS this year – this is a local exchange trading system that means you can exchange goods and services with other people locally using a token system rather than money. Its lovely to get hand-crafted things this way as people take such care when making gifts by hand and all of the materials are locally sourced.

If you want to make your own victorian wreath (bit rustic but great fun) then why not try out this method from the BBC’s Victorian Farm series.


Published by annie, on 1st December 2010 at 9:06 pm. Filled under: Christmas,Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Our Vintage Christmas – holly wreath

Antiques Roadshow expert at the Museum – Nov 12th

BBC’s Antiques Roadshow expert, Paul Atterbury is hosting an evening at Dorset County Museum on the 12th November and Vintage Dorset will be there with our glorious vintage china, tea and cakes!
Paul is an expert in ceramics (particularly Poole Pottery) and architecture and has been part of the Antiques Roadshow team for the last fourteen years; advising people on miscellaneous antiques and artefacts. He was also a regular presenter in the Great Antiques Hunt, the Antiques Show and BBC Radio Four’s Hidden Treasures.

Postcards from West Bay


Having written and edited over thirty books he has an absolute wealth of knowledge with topics covering ceramics,also travel, railways and canals. He has recently published books on Dorset towns and villages as seen through old postcards – Abbotsbury, West Bay and Eype are all featured and his book “On Holiday” also offers a marvelous insight into period images and artefacts associated with holidaying.


Tickets for this fabulous talk cost just £5 available from the museum Tel: 01305 262735 or go to www.dorsetcountymuseum.org


Vintage Dorset will also be offering tea and gorgeous home-made cake for sale, served on vintage crockery from 7pm with the talk beginning at 7.30pm


Published by annie, on 2nd November 2010 at 7:34 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Food,Vintage Homeware,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Antiques Roadshow expert at the Museum – Nov 12th