There are many decorations available for you and you can get the whole family involved in decorating because young children love trying to throw tinsel at the tree. One thing about decorations however is where the idea for decorations came from.
Christmas decorations date back to the 15th century when houses in London had to deck their houses ivy, bays and holm. They also had to add decorations that suited the season of green which is what the authorities of London said. This is where the idea of having ivy decorations at Christmas comes from. The idea behind this was that the heart shaped ivy was meant to symbolize the coming of Jesus and the holly was meant to protect the homes from pagans and witches whilst the berries represented the crown of thorns which were worn by Jesus before his death.
The colours of Christmas are commonly known as red and green but many people do not know the reason behind these colours. These are slightly linked to the leaves which became mandatory by the council of London as they went for the green leaves and red berried. The colour green is meant to symbolise eternal life which is then symbolised by the use of evergreen trees which never lose their leaves.
The green can also be linked to the rebirth of Jesus who, according to Christians, symbolised his that when you die your existence does not end there. The colour red is to help us remember the blood that Jesus shed whilst nailed to the cross on which he died.
When you are decorating your home it is likely that you will include a nativity scene and these date back further than the leaves of Christmas. Obviously the scene represents the place where Jesus was born and all of the people that feature in this scene were apparently present at the birth of the King of the Jews.
The nativity scene decorations date back to the 10th century in Rome although they were not made popular until the 13th century by Saint Francis of Asissi and from then they quickly became popular around Europe as many countries incorporated the now traditional scene. Families were encouraged to try and developed their own nativity decorations and these were often passed down through generations and used over and over again. These scenes can be very extravagant with some churches often displaying huge nativity scenes outside of their parish with the largest nativity scene being developed by Lise Berger in France. This scene features the surrounding village at a 1 to 6 scale.
The Christmas tree is somewhat important from the traditions of the Pagans and it was apparently turned into a Christian tradition. The pagans used trees during their Winter Solace as a symbol of worship for somewhat strange reasons. This reason was that they worshipped the fir trees because of their triangular shape which pointed towards heaven as an arrow.
The Christmas tree did not make it to the UK until 1835 which was when the word was first recorded. This was imported from the German people who were already using tress although it is argued that this is not the origin as Martin Luther used Christmas trees regularly in the 16th century. It did not become a regularity in Britain until 1845 which is when large numbers of trees were used and they were not regularly used in America until the 1870s.
The modern decorations that we have today are just developments from traditions as items like Christmas lights represent candles and items like tinsel were generals introduced for commercial value which they obvious hold today.
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