Traditional Christmas Decorations
Every year, Christians celebrate the birthday of Jesus. People all over the world make merry and the mood at this time is very jovial. Christmas is possibly the second time some of us attend mass since the Easter period! It is a time for family and friends to be together. One thing that has lasted as long as Christmas has to be the traditional Christmas decorations. Almost everybody puts up decorations during this time; in their houses, on the streets and even on trees. Have you ever wondered what these decorations mean or signify? I can almost bet that a great percentage of us have never even given this a second thought. Well, there is a background to traditional Christmas decorations.
The traditional Christmas decorations comprise of two dominant colors: heart red and green. Each of these colors has significance. Red is a symbol of the blood of Jesus that was shed on Calvary while green represents the belief in eternal life through Jesus Christ for Christians. The other color that is used is snow white to represent the season. These colors are still used today. Decorations used at this time included the Christmas tree, ornaments, stockings, wreaths, bells, candles and lights. During the times of the Roman Empire, people are said to have brought branches of the evergreen trees like ivy, holly and mistletoe to their houses and decorated them. These trees were used because they did not shed their leaves during winter.
People decorated their homes with paper foils of different colors and decorated fir trees. For most people, traditional Christmas decorations were supposed to be put up on Christmas Eve. Doing so at an earlier date was believed to be a way of welcoming misfortunes. The decorations were however supposed to be removed twelve days after Christmas. They believed that hanging traditional Christmas decorations after the fifth of January would also welcome misfortunes.
Most traditional Christmas decorations had a theme that related to the season. Using evergreens was a way of stating that people were still hopeful that spring would come again. Red berries symbolized the drops of blood that rolled from the body of Jesus. Candles on the other hand were a reminder that Christians should always be the light of the world. This time round when you put up your favorite decorations, ask yourself what it symbolizes.