Nowadays probably no one can imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and carols. But does anyone have knowledge about where did those customs come from?
The tradition of Christmas tree
The tradition of Christmas tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their homes the decked trees. Somebody was built wooden pyramids and decorated them with candles and plants. Candles was hunged on a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Inspiration for lights appears in the time of walk. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed brillinace of stars shining between plants.
Christmas tree in USA
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century residents of America treated Christmas trees as crankiness. One of the first record about Christmas tree in that area appeared in 1830s and tell about German settlers as a proprietors of Christmas tree. Some say that the Pennsylvania German settlements decorated Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they weren’t accepted by the most of American citizens.
The history of Christmas songs
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were songs of pagans those were sung during celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced round circles of stone. Christians inspired pagan customs and gave Christian songs. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and sung during Christmas service in Italy. Another Christmas song was created in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. Then more and more composers all over the Europe try to writting carols. But majority of carols was written in Latin and because of that a lots of people had lost interest those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas songs are amazing traditions those have to be keep between generations. The information about long history of Holiday tree and carols makes them even more amazing.