Currently nobody are able to imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and carols. However does anyone know where did those traditions come from?
The history of Christmas tree
The tradition of holiday tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans locate in their houses the decorated trees. Somebody was built Christmas pyramids and then decked them with lights and plants. Lights was added to a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Inspiration for candles arised during walk. Martin Luther one December evening noticed brillinace of stars shining between trees.
Holiday tree in culture of the USA
It’s worth to know that majority of 19th century Americans found holiday trees as crankiness. The first information about Christmas tree in that region come from 1830s and say about settlers from German as a proprietors of Christmas tree. Some hold that settlers from German decorated Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they were not accepted by the most of residents of America.
The tradition of carols
The definition of „carol” actually means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were songs of pagans those were sung during celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced round stone circles. Christians took over pagan customs and prepared Christian songs. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and played at a Christmas service in Italy. Another Christmas song was written in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. After that time more and more composers all over the Europe started writting carols. However the most of Christmas songs was sung in Latin and because of that many people weren’t intrested in singing carols.
Holiday tree and holiday carols are beautiful customs those have to be continued between generations. The information about long history of Holiday tree and Christmas songs makes them even more amazing.