A lot many Christmas traditions came into existence centuries ago before the birth of Christ. Even when the Mesopotamians were the part of the terrestrial existence, the practice of gift exchange, singing carols, big feasts and all the contemporary traditions were born. Since that time, these practices for Christmas celebrations are carried along as a legacy.
Let’s have a look at some of the Christmas day celebration tools of today.
Worship of trees is considered a sacred practice according to the cultures dating back to the past centuries. It was observed that the story is more than just decorating the Christmas tree as it was first brought to homes and then people anticipated it to grow with a good yield until the upcoming year. When the conversions of German tribes by St. Boniface were taking place, i.e. in around 8th century, modern times Christmas tree was evolved. The worship of this Christmas tree is associated with the growth of a fir tree in the place of a massive oak tree that was cut by St. Boniface. Now Christmas day celebration is marked with the worship and decoration of the same.
Christmas Carols are songs of joy and praise. Christians praise God by singing Carols. Ancient Europeans use to sing Pagan songs and dancing around stones to celebrate Christmas. The Roman Bishop asked people to sing “Angle hymn” at Christmas. This was the first Carol sung. Later many composers wrote Christmas Carols. These days Carols are sung with orchestra and choirs. Nowadays, Carol service is popular.
It is widely believed that mistletoe fell direct from heaven on earth and then germinated to form a tree out of it. Many people perceive it as the reflection of divine union of the earth and heaven.
Or more precisely, they call it as a reconciliation of God and the mankind. Even the mention of a kiss under the mistletoe is believed to be as a reception of God’s gift from heaven.
STAR OF BETHLEHEM
It is the star that appeared in the East at the time of the birth of Christ. It is believed “The Three Kings” traveled to seek Jesus following the Star of Bethlehem. Christians believe the Star as the ‘Fulfillment of Prophecy of Jesus’.
It is said the ancient Christians used large bells to call the devotees to worship. In past, the pitch of bells was betokened as announcement, joy, warning or mourning. Since then It became a part of Christmas Traditions worldwide.
The sound of the bell is linked to the arrival of Baby Jesus. People also carry small bells in their hands to Carol services to play the melody of Christmas Carol.
A saint of 4th century Saint Nicholas used to distribute presents among the children. That being said, kids were fond of him and he was a bishop. The day was 6th December which was being observed as children’s holiday and the great significance lies in this very detail that it became a feast day. In Holland he was called as Saint Nikolaas but as English found it hard to pronounce the name and began to celebrate the day on Christmas. In Germany, he was being called with the name Kriss Kringle and as a commemoration of the birth of Jesus, they started celebrating it on 25th of December.
Holly being the most significant symbol of Christmas day is celebrated which remarks the sharp edges worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. It also remarks symbolizes the crown of thorns and the red berries are a symbol of blood.
This day was first celebrated by Germanic tribes and the Chaldeans mean infant whenever they say, Yule. It was 1200 years backward in history when they first began to celebrate the day in Italy and some parts of France. A gigantic log of heavy mass was first cut and then they put it in the earth. They ordain the huge piece with oil, salt, and wine later. They even use these logs as a means protection of their households against the evils
It is observed to a great extent that to demonstrate Jesus the Christmas Canes were brought forth. J shape represented Jesus. The white color is the symbol of the immaculate and the red stripes are a sign of blood.
Jesus is known as ‘light of the world’. Candles symbolize light. Candles also signify the ‘Star of the Bethlehem’. People use to light candles when there was no provision of electricity.
Christians still decorate their homes and workplaces with candles on Christmas. Candles are mostly used in Candlelight services. It implies only candles are used to light the Church.
The practice of sending wishes by exchanging gift cards commenced long ago in Victorian England. Christmas cards were produced in large numbers by the printers of London Goodall and Sons. Followed by many other fabrications related to wishing with cards in the year 1862, there began the tradition of designing cards with diverse designs for.eg. manger, holly, snowmen, and robins.
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