Currently nobody can imagine the Christmas without holiday tree and carols. However does anyone know where did those customs come from?
The history of holiday tree
The tradition of holiday tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their homes the decorated trees. Somebody was made Christmas pyramids and decked them with candles and plants. Lights was added to a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Idea for lights arised during walk. Martin Luther one December evening saw brillinace of stars shining between evergreens.
Christmas tree in American culture
Only a few know that majority of 19th century American citizens found holiday trees as oddity. One of the first record about holiday tree in that area come from 1830s and say about settlers from German as a owners of Christmas tree. Some hold that the German settlers decorated Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and they weren’t approved by majority of Americans.
The tradition of holiday carols
The word „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were songs of pagans those were played during Winter Solstice celebrations when members of event danced round circles of stone. Christians took over pagan customs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and played during Christmas service in Rome. Other Christmas hymn was created in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. Then many composers all over the Europe started creating Christmas songs. But the most of holiday carols was sung in Latin and that’s why many people weren’t intrested in those things.
Holiday tree and Christmas carols are beautiful customs those have to be continued from generation to generation. The knowledge about long history of Holiday tree and carols makes them more unusual.