The tradition of Christmas tree and carols
Currently nobody can imagine the Christmas without holiday tree and Christmas songs. However does anybody know where did those traditions have their beginning?
The tradition of holiday tree
The history of Christmas tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their houses the decorated trees. Somebody was built Christmas pyramids and then decked them with lights and evergreens. Lights was added to a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Inspiration for candles arised during walking. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed brillinace of stars shining between plants.
holiday tree in American culture
Only a few know that majority of 19th century American citizens found holiday trees as crankiness. The first record about Christmas tree in that region come from 1830s and tell about settlers from German as a owners of Christmas tree. Somebody say that the German settlers decorated Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, in the 1840s Christmas trees were treated as pagan symbols and they weren’t approved by majority of American citizens.
The history of holiday carols
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were songs of pagans those were sung during celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced around stone circles. Christians inspired pagan customs and prepared Christian songs. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and played at a Christmas celebrations in Italy. Another Christmas hymn was created in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. After that time more and more composers all over the Europe try to writting carols. However majority of Christmas songs was written in Latin and because of that a lots of Christians weren’t intrested in those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas songs are beautiful customs those are worth keep from generation to generation. The knowledge about long history of Holiday tree and carols makes them more unusual.