A local business is attempting to promote unity and pride with a Christmas wreath program.

Whitney Gill at Southeast Insurance Company said that she and her coworkers are not only working to decorate Centennial Park for the holidays, but they also hope to start a special tradition all over the town.

“We thought, ‘What if every business in Crossett hung a matching Christmas wreath to symbolize our town pride and our unity,’” Gill said.

Gill said they met with local floral shops, who agreed to provide the wreaths at a discounted rate for businesses who wished to participate.

“Not only are you taking part in your town’s pride, but by purchasing a wreath you are also supporting our town,” Gill said.

Gill also said they chose wreaths because of what the wreath is known for.

“The word wreath comes from the word “writhen” that was an old English word meaning “to writhe” or “to twist,” Gill said.

According to history printed about the wreath, the art of hanging Christmas wreaths originated from the Romans, who hung wreaths on their doors as a sign of victory and of their status in society. Women usually wore them as headdresses as a symbol of pride, and also donned them during special occasions such as weddings. Additionally, the victors of sporting events in ancient Greece were given laurel wreaths. The tradition still being used to this day during the Olympic games in which the medals are engraved with sprigs of laurel.

“Christmas wreaths are a beautiful decoration for your home or office that can really show off your true holiday cheer,” Gill said.

In addition to promoting the matching Christmas wreaths, Gill said they are also asking people to donate decorations for Centennial Park.

“We need big Christmas ornaments and big red bows,” Gill said.

The goal is to have the Centennial Park decorated and get the whole town in the Christmas spirit for the upcoming annual Christmas in Crossett celebration, Gill said.

Those interested in contributing may contact Gill at Southeast Insurance by calling 870-364-5644, and those interested in the matching wreaths may contact Southeast Insurance, Carylynne’s, Crossett Floral or Faith Flowers and Gifts.

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