Cedar Garland: Behind The Classic Holiday Decorating Tradition

November 18, 2021  •  3 min read

Cedar Garland: Behind The Classic Holiday Decorating Tradition

Cedar garland is a classic decor item that is typically hung around trees, doorways, and mantles for the winter holidays. Whether you're looking to take on a new DIY Christmas decor project this fall and winter or want to become more festive for the holidays and add some greenery to your home, this holiday home decor won’t disappoint! As you're trimming away this year, here are some things to keep in mind about this tried-and-true Christmas decoration! Our fresh Christmas garlands are the perfect choice to work with this holiday season. 

The History Behind Cedar Garland

Like the Christmas tree, cedar garland is displayed in many homes, but where does the holiday season tradition come from? Although there has been no definitive source linking the history of decorating with cedar to any particular event over time, it's a widespread belief that the practice was brought on by Queen Victoria during an outing with her husband Prince Albert in 1840. When they visited the ruins at Claremont House, they were inspired by wreaths made from evergreens and decorated with fruits and berries instead of just forsythia or holly. It wasn't until later that Victorians began using cedar garlands as Christmas tree decorations for their homes.

Green Western Red Cedar garland draped across a mantle with candles and mirror.


Since then, the usage of cedar garland as holiday décor has spread through Europe and America. It's now considered one of the few traditional decorations that are still widely used today, despite popular trends of going for a more minimalist approach.

The Traditional Elements of A Cedar Garland

Cedar garland is a gorgeous addition typically hung on the front door, banister, fireplace mantel, or any other entryway. The beauty of an unlit cedar garland is how lovely it looks by itself, without any add-ons or modifications needed. However, traditionally, you can add other elements to Christmas garland, such as pre-lit LED lights, white lights, colored lights, artificial pine cones, sprigs, bows, or other holiday decorations. 

Choose Lynch Creek Farm For Your Christmas Garland Needs

We are committed to using locally grown and handmade holiday decor. In fact, we specialize in various evergreens including  red cedar garlands, which are perfect for adding that classic Christmas tree look without having an artificial one! Our Premium Garland, along with our Mixed Garland are also customer favorites and very versatile. The long lengths make them versatile enough to be used for draping down the front porch, front door, dining room, living room, or any other space in your home. Plus, they'll add fragrance to any room of choice (even the living/dining space).

Fresh Premium garland combination of noble fir, incense and western red cedar and white pine is ultra fragrantFresh mixed garland lush combination of red and incense cedar and white pine.

Premium Garland                                                                                                   Mixed Garland

If you're looking for something besides fresh cedar garlands, you will find centerpieces, swags, trees, wreaths, and other holiday decorations through our website. Our family-run business makes every product by hand, ensuring each one is made from high-quality materials and is one-of-a-kind.


Now that you know the history behind cedar garland and how it fits into your holiday décor, why not consider adding one of these classic touches to your home this year? If you're thinking about picking up a fresh cedar garland, greenery garland, faux cedar garland, or eucalyptus garland this year, be sure to checkout our garland selection soon. Our products sell out quickly, so make sure to place your order today for your Christmas decorating!