Currently probably no one can imagine the holidays without holiday tree and Christmas carols. But does anyone have knowledge about where did those traditions have their beginning?
The History of Christmas tree
The history of Christmas tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century German Christians brought into their homes the decked trees. Some was built Christmas pyramids and decorated them with lights and plants. Candles was hunged on a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Idea for lights arised during walk. Mentioned protestant reformer one December evening saw brillinace of stars twinkling between trees.
Holiday tree in USA
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century American citizens found Christmas trees as oddity. One of the first record about holiday tree in that region appeared in 1830s and say about settlers from German as a proprietors of holiday tree. Some hold that the German settlers had holiday trees even in 1747. But, in the 1840s Christmas trees were treated as pagan symbols and they weren’t accepted by majority of residents of America.
The tradition of carols
The definition of „carol” actually means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were pagan songs those were sung at the celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced around stone circles. Christians inspired pagan songs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and played during Christmas service in Rome. Other Christmas hymn was created in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. After that time many composers all over the Europe try to writting carols. But the most of Christmas songs was sung in Latin and because of that a lots of Christians weren’t intrested in singing carols.
Holiday tree and carols are amazing customs those are worth give from generation to generation. The information about long-standing history of Holiday tree and carols makes them even more magnificent.