Currently probably no one can imagine the holidays without holiday tree and Christmas songs. But does anybody have knowledge about where did those customs have their beginning?
The history of Holiday tree
The tradition of Christmas tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century German Christians brought into their homes the decked trees. Somebody was made wooden pyramids and then decorated them with candles and evergreens. Lights was added to a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Inspiration for lights arised in the time of walk. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed brillinace of stars shining amidst evergreens.
holiday tree in USA
Only a few know that majority of 19th century Americans treated Christmas trees as crankiness. One of the first information about holiday tree in that region come from 1830s and tell about settlers from German as a proprietors of holiday tree. Some hold that the German settlers had holiday trees as early as 1747. But, in the 1840s holiday trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they were not approved by the most of Americans.
The tradition of Christmas songs
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were songs of pagans those were played during celebration of Winter Solstice when members of event danced around circles of stone. Christians took over pagan songs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and sung during Christmas celebrations in Italy. Other Christmas hymn was written in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. Then more and more composers all over the Europe started writting holiday carols. However the most of carols was written in Latin and that’s why a lots of Christians weren’t intrested in those things.
Holiday tree and Christmas songs are amazing traditions those are worth give from generation to generation. The information about long-standing history of Holiday tree and Christmas carols makes them even more unusual.