Currently nobody can imagine the Christmas without Christmas tree and Christmas carols. But does anybody have knowledge about where did those customs have their beginning?
The tradition of Christmas tree
The history of Christmas tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans locate in their homes the decked trees. Some was built wooden pyramids and then decorated them with candles and evergreens. Lights was hunged on a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Inspiration for lights appears during walk. Mentioned protestant reformer one December evening saw light of stars twinkling amidst plants.
Christmas tree in American culture
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century American citizens treated Christmas trees as crankiness. The first record about Christmas tree in that area appeared in 1830s and tell about settlers from German as a owners of Christmas tree. Somebody say that settlers from German had Christmas trees as early as 1747. However, in the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and they weren’t accepted by majority of residents of America.
The tradition of Christmas songs
The definition of „carol” actually means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were songs of pagans those were sung during celebration of Winter Solstice when members of event danced round circles of stone. Early Christians inspired pagan customs and gave Christian songs. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and played during Christmas celebrations in Italy. Other Christmas song was written in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. Then more and more composers all over the Europe try to writting carols. However majority of holiday carols was written in Latin and because of that many people weren’t intrested in singing Christmas songs.
Christmas tree and carols are beautiful traditions those are worth keep from generation to generation. The knowledge about long history of Holiday tree and carols makes them even more magnificent.