There are a lot of decorations available to you and you can get the whole family involved in the decoration because young kids love trying to throw garlands at the tree. One thing about the decorations however is where the idea of decorations comes from.
Christmas decorations date back to the 15th century, when houses in London had to dress their houses with ivy, berries and wood. They also had to add decorations that matched the green season, as the London authorities said. It is from here that comes the idea of having ivy decorations at Christmas. The idea was that heart-shaped ivy symbolized the coming of Jesus and that holly was intended to protect homes from pagans and witches while bays represented the crown of thorns that was worn by Jesus before his death.
Christmas colors are commonly called red and green but many people do not know the reason for these colors. These are slightly related to the leaves that became mandatory by the London board as they went for green and red leaves. The green color symbolizes eternal life which is then symbolized by the use of evergreen trees that never lose their leaves.
The green can also be related to the rebirth of Jesus which, according to the Christians, symbolized the fact that when you die, your existence does not stop there. The red color is to help us remember the blood that Jesus shed while being nailed to the cross on which he died.
When you decorate your home, it is likely that you include a nativity scene and these go back further than the Christmas leaves. Of course, the scene is where Jesus was born and all the people in this scene were apparently present at the birth of the King of the Jews.
The decorations of the crib go back to the tenth century in Rome, although they were only popularized in the thirteenth century by St. Francis of Asissi and they were quickly become popular in Europe, as many countries have incorporated the now traditional scene. Families were encouraged to try to develop their own decorations for the nursery and these were often passed on from generation to generation and used again and again. These scenes can be very extravagant, with some churches often displaying huge crèches outside their parish with Lise Berger's largest crib in France. This scene presents the surrounding village on a scale of 1 to 6.
The Christmas tree is somewhat important in relation to the traditions of the pagans and it has apparently been transformed into a Christian tradition. The Gentiles used trees during their Winter Winter as a symbol of worship for something strange. This reason was that they adored the firs because of their triangular shape that pointed to the sky like an arrow.
The Christmas tree only arrived in the UK in 1835, the date on which the word was recorded for the first time. This was imported from the German people who already used tress, although it is claimed that this is not the original since Martin Luther regularly used Christmas trees in the 16th century. It only became a regularity in Britain in 1845, at which time a large number of trees were used and they were not regularly used in America until the 1870s.
Modern decorations that we have today only developments of tradition, because objects like Christmas lights represent candles and items like garlands were general introductions with commercial value that are evident nowadays.