There's nothing like the scent of a fresh evergreen wreath to welcome the Christmas season, Julia Konyar said.

And she would know.

Konyar, production supervisor of the wreath room at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in Warrington Township, has worked for the company for more than a decade.

The job is rewarding, she said of "seeing the finished product being hung (and) the delight of customers' faces."

Konyar said the company makes a variety of plain and decorated wreaths including a mixed arrangement made from Douglas, Fraser fir and white pine branches.

The wreaths are sold at various locations across York County, including the York Fairgrounds, she said.

Some of the decorated wreaths feature themes such as traditional Christmas and a beach motif, she said.

The wreaths, which are made on a machine that wraps wire around branches, can also be sprayed with a preservative to maintain freshness, she said.

Konyar said the wreath season gets busy right after Thanksgiving. "Everybody's getting in the (Christmas) spirit."

Gerrit Strathmeyer, co-owner of the company, said the family business has been making evergreen wreaths since about the 1940s.

Strathmeyer uses branches from trees "that aren't good Christmas trees" to make roughly 2,500 wreaths per year, he said.

"We make double-sided wreaths," he said.

The wreaths range in size from about 16 to 30 inches in diameter and cost between about $12 and $23 for a plain wreath. Strathmeyer also sells decorated wreaths for an additional charge.

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The Strawberry Shop - a floral and gift store in York Township - is also busy making holiday wreaths and other festive arrangements, said Judy Brillhart, who founded the company in 1983.

"We have Christmas in every direction around here," she said.

Brillhart said a wreath can be crafted from materials such as plastic-foam balls and fresh magnolias.

"You can make a wreath literally out of anything," she said.

The old circular wreath shape also has taken on a new form, Brillhart said.

"Years ago, everything was a circular wreath," she said. "Now there are squares (and) diamonds."

Brillhart said sparkle, glitz and glamour are typically popular looks for wreaths each season.

"We do a lot with the white ice (decoration), lots of white and silver," she said.

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Owls are popular wreath ornaments this year, said Joe Stauffer, co-president of Christmas Tree Hill, which is headquartered in York Township and has stores in several locations including Springettsbury Township and the Lancaster, Gettysburg and Hershey areas.

The company, family owned for more than 40 years, is also in the process of buying a store in Camp Hill, he said.

The store sells fresh and artificial wreaths.

"We have some really cute feathered owls to put on wreaths," he said of the white bird decorations that "really pop" when displayed against a rich green background dusted with snowflakes and glitter.

Some wreaths feature branches with long, light green needles and pine cones, he said.

Others are made of small twigs and adorned with birds.

"We certainly have quite a variety," he said of wreaths and ornaments. "We actually hand-make the bows ourselves."

Stauffer said artificial wreaths that appear natural and have a "clean look" are also popular now.

New to the company's wreath selection is a battery-operated light-emitting diode model.

"It's got a little battery pack and timer," he said. "We also have a separate light set that you can put on any wreath."

And wreaths aren't just for Christmas, he said.

"We do make . . . wreaths for every season," Stauffer said of handcrafted arrangements for spring, summer and fall that cost approximately $10 to $40. "We have a big selection."

Where to find wreaths

· Heartwood Nursery & Garden Shop in Felton will host a holly festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. The event will include a wreath-making workshop. Learn more at www.heartwoodnurseryinc.com/events.html.

· Swamp Fox Farms in Glen Rock sells handmade and custom wreaths. Learn more at swampfoxfarms.com.

· To view a list of local farms that sell holiday wreaths, visit agmap.psu.edu, type "wreath" in the site's search box and enter York County, Pa.

Make your own

CRAFT STORES sell a variety of wreath frames made from plastic foam, cardboard, metal and natural vines.

Household items including old picture frames, embroidery hoops and aluminum pie dishes can also be recycled as a base for a wreath.

To make an inexpensive wreath base, shape a wire clothes hanger into a circle.

Natural decorations such as seashells, small evergreen branches, pine cones and dried flowers can be attached to the wreath base with floral wire and hot glue - also found in craft stores.

Ribbons, Christmas ornaments and bows can finish the wreath.

For a gift wreath, clip decorated clothes pins around a wreath frame to hold items such as flower seed packets, specialty tea bags and candy.

Find a mini peanut butter wreath cookie recipe and instructions to make a Kisses wreath at www.hersheys.com.

Christmas Magic

A WALKING TRAIL through this year's Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge County Park in Springettsbury Township will be brightened by a series of four wreaths, each measuring about six feet in diameter and decorated with greenery and lights, said Jeri Jones.

More wreaths will decorate indoor displays at the annual Rocky Ridge County Park festival of lights, said Jones, program coordinator for York County Parks.

"We have wreaths over our fireplaces with lights," he said.

The event kicked off on Black Friday, Jones said. "We call it light Friday."

Christmas Magic 2012 will continue through December 31.

Costs is $8 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 12 years old, free for kids younger than 4 and $7 for visitors 60 and older.

To learn more, call 717-840-7443 or visit yorkcountyparks.org.