|The Christmas-Garland tradition in America was brought from Europe by the early settlers. Ropes of garland were usually made after the fall harvest. Making and selling Christmas greens brought enough income to furnish many suits of Sunday clothes and a new bonnet when there was little else to do after harvest. Staples, like pine, spruce, and cedar trees that were used could be found in the nearby woods. Greens were gathered by day and in the evening the greens were twisted into garlands around the fireplace. Usually someone could complete twenty to forty yards in an evening.|
Today garland is made of real holly, spice leaves such as basil, evergreen limbs, flowers, food(popcorn) or any variation of artificial facsimile ranging from absurd to the traditional. Natural garlands are sprayed with artificial snow or paint (gold, silver, or frosted are the norms) and artificial garland are made to look like they have snow on the tip whether it is sprayed on or molded into the plastic shapes.
Garlands are used as table sprays, door enhancements, swaged along walls and sides of buildings, over the tops of draperies and tinsel garland is used for decorating trees or adorning wreaths and other types of decorations.
Christmas garland can be used to be the main stay or augment many of the Christmas arrangements adorning, offices and private dwellings all over the world.
The video below will show you have to create a swag garland for your inside or outside walls or halls.
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