Nowadays nobody are able to imagine the holidays without holiday tree and carols. But does anyone know where did those traditions have their beginning?
The history of holiday tree
The tradition of Christmas tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians brought into their homes the decked trees. Some was made 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 appears during walk. Martin Luther one winter evening saw light of stars shining between trees.
Christmas tree in USA
Only a few know that majority of 19th century Americans found Christmas trees as oddity. The first record about Christmas tree in that region appeared in 1830s and tell about German settlers as a owners of Christmas tree. Some hold that the German settlers decorated Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were seen as symbols of pagan and they weren’t approved by majority of Americans.
The tradition of Christmas songs
The word „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were songs of pagans those were played at the Winter Solstice celebrations when members of event danced around circles of stone. Christians took over pagan customs and prepared songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and sung at a Christmas celebrations in Rome. Other Christmas song was written in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. Then many composers in Europe started creating Christmas carols. However majority of holiday carols was sung in Latin and because of that many people had lost interest those things.
Holiday tree and carols are beautiful customs those are worth continued between generations. The information about long history of Christmas tree and Christmas songs makes them even more unusual.