First off, what are grave blankets? The term was new to me when I first encountered the term a couple years back. So let me hit you with a quick definition, Grave Blankets are displays/ decoration that are placed on graves before the first snow. The symbolic meaning behind this process is having a way of keeping deceased loved ones warm before winter sets in. These decorations are most popular in northern climates with changing seasons and freezing temperatures in the winter. These grave blankets usually have ribbons, fresh flowers and other decorations that vary depending on the individual creating them.