Christmas wreaths are a common sight each December. But did you know that these decorations have their roots in a Pagan tradition? Yule, a Pagan holiday that marks the Winter Solstice, featured wreaths meant to symbolize nature and the promise of spring. Christians later adopted the practice of using wreaths, which for them symbolized eternal life and the unending love of God. Originally, they were used as Advent wreaths laid flat on a table with candles, but today Christians and non-Christians alike also use wreaths on their doors to brighten the dark days of winter and symbolize the spirit of the holidays.