Years ago, after I finished working on a client's house in Raleigh, North Carolina, she sent me a magnolia wreath as a gift for the holidays. Not only did it remind me of her and her lovely home, but it added a little southern charm to mine. Ever since, I have continued the fashion on my front door (and my back door, and on my banister, and my back gate).
I usually place my order in August and ask for delivery after Thanksgiving. The wreaths come unadorned, so it's up to you how you dress yours up. Mine takes a simple sheer gold ribbon until mid-January, and then once the season is over, I take off its shimmer and leave it up through March.
Although I buy fresh every year, the wreath dries beautifully to a muted rust-colored patina (if kept indoors, it will age to light green).
And so, on this 1st day of December, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...