Have you ever stopped for a moment and looked at our holiday traditions? Why do we cut down a tree, put lights and colorful balls on it? How did the wreath become a symbol of the season? Why are we hanging a weed over doorways and kissing under it? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite holiday traditions and get to the bottom of why we do that.
The Story Of The Christmas Tree
According to http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml the inclusion of Douglas Fir’s and other evergreens is a very old tradition with no known exact start. The generally accepted story of Martin Luther being the first to bring a tree inside the home goes as follows: “A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he (Martin Luther) was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.”
According to Huffington Post, in 2011 “Analysts say that Christmas-tree spending for 2011 is likely to be the highest since the start of the recession, with Americans expected to spend a combined $3.4 billion on real and artificial trees, according to the research company IBISWorld. That breaks down to $800 million on 25 million real pines and $2.6 billion on 10 million artificial trees, according to Bloomberg.”
The Story Of The Wreath
So….. A piece of the tree bent into a circle. And you hang it on a door. Each year, millions of Americans participate in this tradition. https://enlightenme.com/wreath/ states : “As part of many celebrations, evergreen wreaths were gathered as a sign of the approaching spring light.” They later state: “Holly represents immortality, for instance, whereas cedar stands for strength. But for many, the wreath’s symbolic attributes are much simpler than all this. The Christmas wreath has evolved into a sign of welcoming and an acknowledgment of holiday cheer for this season that emphasizes generosity, giving, and the gathering of loved ones.”
The Story of Mistletoe
The tradition of the mistletoe is a quick smooch with your loved one under the mistletoe. It’s the perfect “fairy tale” to end the year on! But truthfully it is more than just a vine looking pretty on a door. So, what makes this holiday staple? Check it out here. Mistletoe is a plant that grows on range of trees including willow, apple and oak trees. WhyChristmas.com states: The tradition of hanging it in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids. It is supposed to possess mystical powers which bring good luck to the household and wards off evil spirits. It was also used as a sign of love and friendship in Norse mythology and that’s where the custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from.
Now that we have debunked some holiday myths and fables. The important thing is to make your own memories and tasks. Create your own traditions, with more you can make your holiday decor, special!. We are wishing you a very Merry Christmas!