Nowadays nobody can imagine the holidays without holiday tree and carols. However does anybody know where did those customs have their beginning?
The history of Holiday tree
— The history of Holiday tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their houses the decked trees. Some was built wooden pyramids and decked them with lights and plants. Candles was hunged on a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Idea for candles arised in the time of walking. Mentioned protestant reformer one winter evening saw brillinace of stars twinkling between trees.
holiday tree in USA
It’s worth to know that majority of 19th century Americans treated holiday trees as crankiness. The first record about Christmas tree in that region come from 1830s and say about German settlers as a proprietors of holiday tree. Some hold that settlers from German decorated Christmas trees even in 1747. However, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they were not accepted by majority of American citizens.
The history of Christmas carols
The definition of „carol” actually means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were pagan songs those were played at the celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced round stone circles. Early Christians inspired pagan songs and prepared songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and sung during Christmas service in Italy. Other Christmas song was created in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. After that time more and more composers all over the Europe try to creating Christmas carols. However majority of carols was written in Latin and because of that many Christians had lost interest those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas songs are amazing traditions those have to be give between generations. The knowledge about long history of Christmas tree and carols makes them more magnificent.