Currently probably no one can imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and Christmas songs. But does anybody have knowledge about where did those customs have their beginning?
The history of Holiday tree
The tradition of holiday tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians brought into their homes the decorated trees. Some was made Christmas pyramids and then decorated them with candles and plants. Lights was hunged on a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Inspiration for lights appears during walking. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed light of stars shining between trees.
Christmas tree in American culture
Small group of people know that majority of 19th century residents of America found Christmas trees as oddity. The first record about holiday tree in that region appeared in 1830s and say about settlers from German as a owners of Christmas tree. Some say that the German settlers had Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, in the 1840s holiday trees were treated as pagan symbols and they weren’t approved by majority of residents of America.
The tradition of Christmas songs
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were songs of pagans those were sung during celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced round circles of stone. Early Christians took over pagan customs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and played during Christmas celebrations in Rome. Other Christmas song was written in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. Then more and more composers all over the Europe try to creating Christmas songs. But the most of carols was written in Latin and that’s why many Christians had lost interest those things.
Christmas tree and carols are beautiful traditions those have to be give from generation to generation. The information about long-standing history of Holiday tree and Christmas carols makes them more magnificent.