Most of the Christmas decorations we see in Christmas stores today have evolved from many other cultures. Charles D. Warner wrote about the Christmas holiday season in 1884. He quotes: "We saved from the past almost everything that was good in it". There is no doubt that Christmas as we know it today is better than the holidays celebrated in the past. At the mere mention of ivy, mistletoe or holly, the visions of the Christmas holidays with all its wonderful memories come back into our minds. We see visions of snow-covered hills, Christmas tree decorations, Christmas singers singing with brass bells and illuminated outdoor Christmas decorations, illuminating the night sky. In winter, when most native plants lose their leaves, flowers and fruits, mistletoe, conifers, holly and ivy are winter wonders to admire. It is no wonder that these winter delights served as a backdrop to brighten the cold winter days.
Native plants become Christmas decorations
Mistletoe has special significance for the end of the year festivities. The mistletoe hanging in the doors creates many entertainments and plots of friends to receive a special kiss under a mistletoe ball. The tradition of the mistletoe kiss comes from a Nordic myth. Frigga who was one of the gods gave his son Balder a mistletoe charm so that he was protected from the elements. Since mistletoe grows on trees and does not grow water, land, fire or air, he has held the power to hurt him. An arrow made from mistletoe from one of the others struck Balder and his mother cried tears of white berries. Tears brought her son back to life and she promised to kiss everyone who was resting under the mistletoe factory. This is how the tradition of mistletoe kissing began. At first, mistletoe was called the healer in Celtic language. There are traces in Britain of the sacredness of mistletoe as well as holly. In other European countries, it is believed that mistletoe has wonderful healing powers for the disease. Mistletoe is even recognized as a way to avoid misery. It has also been thought to be the cure for poisons. Mistletoe is also supposed to make fruitless animals fruitful.
It was also believed that Holly had magical powers and even had the ability to cast out demons. In Germany, many regarded holly as a lucky charm against the hostile forces of nature. A Shropshire custom chose to leave holly and ivy up to Candlemas, the mistletoe was left and kept until the next holiday season. The mistletoe stayed hanging as well as the good fortune would follow the house until the next holiday season. In the early days, food was also central to holiday decorations. As the Christmas season grew near huge lots of sweets, cookies and sweet fruits were prepared for both food and as Christmas decorations. All the Christmas decorations of the house did not come from the kitchen. The surrounding woods and fields provided an abundance of flowers, pods, straw and foliage for Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations become popular outside the house
every house, parish and church was to be decorated with ivy, berries, reeds and other seasonal vegetables. Many elders in England will remember the old English fashion of church decor of holly and yew stalks stuck in high banks making churches a miniature forest during the holiday season. In London, the Christmas decor also extended to the outside when the street lamps of the city were decorated with Christmas decorations. The Christmas carving then evolved into homemade sets of bows of glittering ribbons, beads, lace and paper stars. The bags decorated with lace were filled with sweets. Seeds, berries, nuts, popcorn and other homemade materials have civilized the wild beauty of a holiday past. The string of popcorn and cranberries can still be seen on Christmas trees today. Even artificial popcorn and cranberries can be bought at Christmas stores today. The tree decor has grown dramatically over the last century, making the creative and inspiring holiday decoration more enjoyable.