Christmas decorations evolved from various cultures. No matter where you live, the mention of holly, mistletoe or ivy evokes visions of Christmas sugar plums, flying reindeer and fat little elves in red suits. These winter treasures fill with light and wonder the dark days of winter.
But you are probably wondering where these traditions come from?
Hanging the mistletoe over the door invites lovers and passers-by to stop for a kiss, generating a lot of romance. How to resist a moment of happiness under mistletoe? This tradition comes from Nordic myths. Frigga, one of the gods, put his son Glover under the mistletoe to protect him from the elements. Mistletoe, grown only on trees, had the power to hurt it. Another god stuck Balder with an arrow made of mistletoe. Balder's mother fought tears of white berries and bought her son back to life. She promised to kiss everyone who is resting on mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows in trees and eventually kills the tree. Gui's kissing tradition was the one started.
Beloved to have magical powers that cast out demons, the Germans regarded them as a good chance against the hostile forces of nature. Garlands and wreaths of ivy and holly were left during the winter season to protect the house from disease, bad fortune and other dilemmas that may have remained stuck during the dark days of winter. .
Also popular for decoration, foods such as cookies, sweets and sweet fruits adorn kitchens, doors and other public rooms of homes in the early centuries. Many decorations came from the fields, claiming abundance and wealth to those who used them for holiday decorations. By 1500, the custom of decorating homes, churches, and communities with affordable holly, ivy, berries, and seasonal vegetables was popular. When the street lights of the city become standard, the decorations begin to spread outward.
Beads and Ribbon –
Knotted ribbons and beads have become popular. Homemade ornaments followed quickly with nuts, seeds, berries and popcorn late in the 1800s. Christmas decorations made of glass and silver garlands became popular in the early 1900s when the ornaments of German Christmas began to be shipped to the United States. Paper decorating items and home decorations have always been a popular addition to American folklore.
Decking the halls can be an extremely comfortable part of the house and family traditions.
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