Mindy Kaling’s ‘Wreath Witherspoon’ Takes Social Media by Storm

12/15/2014 at 05:59 PM ET

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In just a few moments during last week’s The Mindy Project Christmas episode, Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) launched a social-media phenomenon that wrapped Christmas, celebrities and crafting into one hysterical package: The Wreath Witherspoon.

The back story: Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina) is decorating his Christmas tree when Lahiri, his pop culture-obsessed girlfriend, gets angry at him for removing her “Rihanna Christmas tree topper.” Castellano, a fairly buttoned-up Catholic, responds, “A Christmas tree is no place for exposed breasts, you’re lucky I let you put up that wreath.” After the camera pans to a wreath covered with photos of Reese Witherspoon, Lahiri says, “Wreath Witherspoon? This is the nicest thing in your apartment.”

Kaling’s fans set about creating their own homages to the Wild actress. And so the #WreathWitherspoon hash tag was born — along with photos, of course.

Kaling created a montage of several (below), which Witherspoon reposted with her approval: “Ha ha, love it!”

Who knows? Maybe the exchange will spark Witherspoon joining the ranks of stars like Shonda Rhimes, Nicey Nash and Chloë Sevigny with her very own Mindy Project appearance.

Check out some more homespun Reese-rific art, below (including one with Aretha Franklin!), and tell us: Which celebrity-spotted wreath would you most like to see?

My little Christmas tree and #wreathwitherspoon!!! @mindykaling @mindyprojectfox

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BellatrixMcDougall on

Mindy Kaling is my hero.

bill on

Who would want pictures of a pampered, spoil brat on their door?

Elle on

Too funny! Laughed out loud when I saw that part in the episode. Mindy Kaling is a genious!

Tom H. on

Usually this is what psychologists call a parasocial relationship (celebrity obsession). I’m just glad it’s a woman doing this and not a guy–that would be scary.

KatieAnn on

Seriously? I hope they also took the time to make a beautiful wreath using photos of a loved one, a departed one, a pet or a family member. Man or woman, that kind of obsession is creepy

be me on

Mob mentality at its best!

Jessica on


Bree on

LMAO That is SO awesome! I love both these women 🙂 Happy Holidays Everyone!

Ala on

The ones taking this overly seriously need to tamp it down a bit. It was a joke on a comedy show. Calm down. People who watch it know that Mindy’s a celebrity-crazed OBGYN. Even Reese Witherspoon watches her show and laughed. Geez.

Claudio Baris on

Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


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