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Why do we love to “deck the halls with boughs of holly”? People have participated in symbolic celebrations since the dawn of time. In Western cultures today, one of the most popular holidays that we associate with specific traditions, decorations, shapes, colors, and songs is Christmas. There’s no way you can miss the month of December, or forget that the holiday season is soon approaching, with all of the Christmas lights and decorations that flood the streets at this most wonderful time of the year!

While some people “go all out” and others chose the simpler route, everyone possesses a little piece of festivity during the holidays. Whether it is a candy cane, blow up Santa, manger scene, Christmas tree, or string of Christmas lights! And there is a piece of history associated with each and every one of our holiday traditions and Christmas lights and decorations. Here is a compilation of some festive symbolism:

Christmas Tree:
It is said that during the 7th century, an evangelistic monk traveled to Germany to spread God’s word. He offered a tree to the first village he came to, explaining that its triangular shape represented God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. This first “Christmas tree” was decorated with small, white candles.

In 1610, people began to add tinsel (originally made of pure silver!) to the traditional decoration. When the concept of Christmas trees spread to England, they began to decorate it with glass beads and hand-sewn snowflakes.

By the 1800’s, America was introduced to this festive custom. However, it wasn’t until the years after WWII that that real lighted Christmas trees, by then either with candles or electricity, developed into a universal tradition in the United States.

The poinsettia plant was first considered a symbol for Christmas in Mexico, then the idea spread. The story goes that a young boy was on the way to the church on Christmas day, and he wanted to give a gift to Christ. When he saw a poinsettia growing on the side of the road, he picked it and brought it to the chapel. Immediately the flower began to grow and sprout other beautiful flowers all across the floor. Today, poinsettias are sold in the markets and stores of many countries when December comes around.

Christmas lights:
Even before electricity, Christmas was associated with light and guidance, and thus candles were a popular way to decorate during the holidays. There were holders designed specifically to cling to the branches of a Christmas tree, and for a few precious minutes, the family or town Christmas tree could be lit up with many little flames of hope.

Today’s electric lights stem from Edward Johnson’s 1882 Christmas tree. He was a colleague of Thomas Edison, and decided to put this wonderful invention to use for festive purposes. After his small rotating tree lit up by red, white, and blue electric bulbs, the idea began to develop into what we have today.

At one point in time, all ornaments had to be crafted with glass, or otherwise made from edible objects. Europeans originally marketed glass ornaments to be hung on a Christmas tree or wreath. Christmas trees were strung with cranberries, popcorn, or gingerbread during the pioneer days of our culture, when material possessions were an encumbrance. With the invention of injection mold plastics in America, more affordable and durable ornaments became available.

Candy Cane:
A German choir director used to give straight, mint sticks to his students when they behaved well. Sometime during its development as a Christmas tradition, the candy cane took a curve—and was thereafter shaped like a shepard’s staff, representing the guidance of Christ over his flock.


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