Christmas Ornaments Decorations
Days before the final day of Christmas, the arrival of Christmas decorations in the market and in people’s homes heralds the beginning of the holiday season. Adorning homes with ornaments is an old tradition on festive occasion on the festive occasion of Christmas. Items used to decorate homes can range from inexpensive homemade or personalized objects which give a better and more delicate touch to the holiday season, to items available in the market. Whatever the things one uses to decorate their homes, red and green are considered the traditional colors of Christmas. Red represents the blood that Jesus shed at His Crucifixion and green the belief in eternal life. White represents the winter season. Hand-made things can include cards, family pictures, etc.
Some items that are commercially produced in the market and that can be used to make Christmas ornaments are: pictures, candles, flowers, tinsel, fruits, Christmas tree, cards, ribbons, bows, candy cane, poinsettias, lights, mistletoes, jingle bells, sticky mirrors and snow flake imagery etc. An extremely popular item is the baubxle, a metal or glass hollow sphere that comes in various colors and can have designs on them.
The most important item of decoration is the Christmas tree or the Yule tree. Usually a coniferous tree (Fir), this becomes the centre of the entire decorative ensemble. The evergreen foliage is then festooned with ornaments and other items. Nowadays artificial trees have taken the place of natural ones because of fear of deforestation of these precious plants. Usually the entire family gathers around the tree to decorate it on the eve of Christmas. Presents are also placed underneath the tree.
In the Victorian era, these trees were decorated with candles to depict the stars in the skies when Jesus was born. Today these have been replaced by electric lights called ‘fairy lights’. Chocolates in various shapes and tinsel are hung from the boughs to add to the beauty. The final addition to this beautiful tree is the ‘tree-topper’, often an angel figurine or a star (Star of Bethlehem), the angel symbolizes the angel who brought the news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds.
These items are then taken down on the twelfth night (6th January).