Today it is impossible to imagine the Christmas holidays without festive Christmas tree in the house. Evergreen beauties adorn not only apartments but also offices, hospitals, stores, shopping centers, plazas, and in almost all countries.
Near luxurious tree organized performances and performances for children, making the holiday even more desirable and fabulous.
The history of the custom of decorating Christmas trees
It is believed that originally the tradition of decorating trees came from the Celts who worshipped them. But the Christmas tree in the more usual sense, decorated and sparkling with many lights, first appeared in Germany.
Initially many decorated trees symbolized the garden of Eden, then they became a symbol of hope and renewal, but over time, it transformed into a beautiful and popular tradition, without which it is impossible to do.
By the way, in addition to Christmas trees, firs and pines, are used for decoration and other evergreen trees and shrubs, for example, mistletoe and Holly. Their branches decorate the house.
When they met New year?
The ancient Romans celebrated New Year on 1 January.
And in Russia before her baptism in 988 ad, this festival was celebrated on March 1 with the onset of spring. Instead of real Christmas trees were decorated with cherry trees. After the adoption of Orthodoxy in Russia the New Year on the example of the Greeks began to celebrate the 1st of September. Only since the beginning of the XVIII century by the decree of Peter I ordered to celebrate the new year in January and decorated by real Christmas trees.
It took many more years before a Christmas tree ornament out of charge has become a welcome holiday tradition, after all, originally this rite belongs to the Catholics, and Russia, the main religion is Orthodox Christianity. However, live Christmas tree looks so beautiful that gradually people really liked this tradition. Today the Christmas tree is an essential symbol of all the holidays.
What symbolize Christmas decorations?
As for Christmas decorations, then initially each one had its own value. For example, the top of the tree was traditionally decorated with a star reminiscent of the star of Bethlehem, in which people learned about the birth of Jesus Christ. By the way, in Soviet times in our country when the star becomes a reduced copy of the Kremlin stars, but today its form has ceased to be so strict. Christmas garlands were also not just. They are called "the lights of the fairies" and symbolize the spirits of the departed to the other world of the relatives of supernatural beings, who by their presence protect the house and bring him joy. Before the advent of electric lights were very popular candle.
As for Christmas toys, before the Christmas tree was decorated with all sorts of Goodies: marzipan, candied nuts, dried fruits, and candies to the delight of kids and as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. And then gradually they were replaced by figurines of angels, glass balls and other toys. Today you can find them in all stores. Some cost a lot, as they used precious metals.
Christmas tree is a beautiful tradition and a great home decoration. She adjusts to the festive mood and brings joy to children and adults.