Nowadays probably no one are able to imagine the Christmas without holiday tree and carols. But does anyone know where did those customs have their beginning?
The history of Christmas tree
The tradition of holiday tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians brought into their homes the decorated trees. Somebody was built wooden pyramids and then decorated them with lights and plants. Candles was added to a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Inspiration for candles appears during walk. Mentioned protestant reformer one winter evening saw light of stars twinkling between plants.
Holiday tree in culture of the USA
It’s worth to know that majority of 19th century residents of America treated Christmas trees as crankiness. One of the first information about Christmas tree in that region appeared in 1830s and tell about German settlers as a proprietors of Christmas tree. Some say that the Pennsylvania German settlements had Christmas trees even in 1747. But, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were seen as symbols of pagan and they weren’t accepted by the most of American citizens.
The history of holiday carols
The word „carol” actually means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were pagan songs those were sung during Winter Solstice celebrations when members of event danced around circles of stone. Early Christians took over pagan customs and prepared songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and sung during Christmas celebrations in Italy. Other Christmas song was written in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. Then many composers all over the Europe started writting holiday carols. But the most of holiday carols was written in Latin and because of that a lots of Christians weren’t intrested in those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas carols are amazing customs those are worth give between generations. The knowledge about long-standing history of Christmas tree and carols makes them more unusual.