One of the symbols of Christmas is the wreath hanging on the front door.
Some that hang on doors across the nation are made by three family members working out of the back of a barn in Bangor.
Wayne Harvey was there as Island Evergreens packed up their last wreath for shipment this year.
":I’ve been doing this now for 25 years, I guess, my father and I did it for a while.":
Paul Salisbury’s start came when he and his father made some wreaths, took them to Florida, and set up in Gainesville selling those handmade wreaths.
":All I can say is we went down in a UHaul truck and came back in an airplane and actually had money enough to buy my girlfriend at the time a nice, made nice Christmas for her, so we picked up some customers there and had them for a number of years.":
Now Paul runs the business along with his brother and cousin, making and distributing about fifteen hundred wreaths and centerpieces each year.
":I have to put a hanger on it.":
":This is the Downeast wreath, just the bow":
They start making the decorations in the summer and when Thanksgiving arrives, it’s about three and a half weeks of wall to wall work.
":Then we just put it in a bag and ship her off, this is the last one. Going to Florida.":
About 98 percent of their products are shipped out of state. They’ve sent wreaths to every state in the country.
":Put the card in, how to take care of your wreath and then seal that baby up.":
As a family business sends a little bit of Maine out for the Holidays.
You can visit the wreathmakers on the web at www.mainecreations.com