Nowadays nobody are able to imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and holiday carols. However does anybody know where did those customs have their beginning?
The history of holiday tree
The history of Christmas tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans brought into their homes the decked trees. Somebody was built wooden pyramids and decked them with candles and evergreens. Lights was hunged on a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Idea for lights appears during walking. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed light of stars shining between evergreens.
Christmas tree in culture of the USA
Small group of people know that the most 19th century Americans found Christmas trees as crankiness. One of the first information about Christmas tree in that region come from 1830s and say about settlers from German as a owners of holiday tree. Somebody say that the Pennsylvania German settlements had holiday trees even in 1747. However, in the 1840s Christmas trees were treated as pagan symbols and they weren’t accepted by the most of American citizens.
The tradition of Christmas songs
The word „carol” actually means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were songs of pagans those were sung at the celebration of Winter Solstice when members of event danced around circles of stone. Early Christians took over pagan customs and prepared songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and played during Christmas celebrations in Italy. Another Christmas song was created in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. After that time more and more composers all over the Europe try to creating carols. However majority of Christmas songs was sung in Latin and that’s why many Christians had lost interest those things.
Christmas tree and carols are amazing customs those are worth keep between generations. The information about long history of Christmas tree and Christmas songs makes them even more unusual.