Currently probably no one are able to imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and Christmas carols. However does anyone know where did those traditions come from?
The history of Christmas tree
The tradition of holiday tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their homes the decorated trees. Somebody was built wooden pyramids and decked them with lights and evergreens. Lights was added to a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Idea for lights appears in the time of walking. Martin Luther one December evening noticed brillinace of stars twinkling amidst evergreens.
Christmas tree in culture of the USA
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century American citizens treated Christmas trees as crankiness. The first record about holiday tree in that region appeared in 1830s and tell about German settlers as a proprietors of holiday tree. Somebody say that the Pennsylvania German settlements decorated holiday trees even in 1747. However, in the 1840s Christmas trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they were not approved by the most of American citizens.
The tradition of Christmas songs
The word „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were songs of pagans those were played during Winter Solstice celebrations when people danced round circles of stone. Christians inspired pagan songs and prepared Christian songs. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and played during Christmas celebrations in Rome. Other Christmas song was created in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. After that time many composers in Europe try to creating carols. But majority of Christmas songs was sung in Latin and that’s why many people weren’t intrested in singing Christmas songs.
Christmas tree and carols are beautiful traditions those have to be continued from generation to generation. The information about long history of Christmas tree and holiday carols makes them even more magnificent.