The history of Christmas tree and Christmas songs
Nowadays probably no one can imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and Christmas songs. But does anybody know where did those traditions have their beginning?
The history of holiday tree
The history of Christmas tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century German Christians brought into their houses the decked trees. Somebody was made Christmas pyramids and decked them with candles and evergreens. Lights was hunged on a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Idea for lights appears in the time of walking. Mentioned protestant reformer one December evening noticed brillinace of stars twinkling between trees.
Holiday tree in American culture
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century Americans found Christmas trees as oddity. The first record about holiday tree in that area come from 1830s and tell about settlers from German as a proprietors of Christmas tree. Some hold that settlers from German had holiday trees even in 1747. However, in the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and they weren’t approved by the most of American citizens.
The tradition of carols
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were pagan songs those were sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations when people danced around circles of stone. Christians inspired 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 many composers all over the Europe try to creating carols. However majority of Christmas songs was written in Latin and because of that many Christians were not intrested in those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas carols are amazing customs those have to be give from generation to generation. The information about long-standing history of Holiday tree and carols makes them more amazing.