The history of holiday tree and holiday carols
Nowadays probably no one can imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and Christmas songs. However does anyone have knowledge about where did those traditions come from?
The tradition of Christmas tree
The tradition of Christmas tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their homes the decorated trees. Some was built Christmas pyramids and then decorated them with candles and plants. Lights was hunged on a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Inspiration for candles appears during walk. Mentioned protestant reformer one winter evening noticed light of stars shining between trees.
Holiday tree in culture of the USA
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century American citizens treated Christmas trees as crankiness. The first information about Christmas tree in that area come from 1830s and tell about settlers from German as a owners of Christmas tree. Some hold that the Pennsylvania German settlements had holiday trees as early as 1747. But, in the 1840s holiday trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they were not accepted by majority of Americans.
The history of Christmas songs
The word „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were pagan songs those were played at the Winter Solstice celebrations when people danced round stone circles. Early Christians took over pagan customs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and sung during Christmas celebrations in Italy. Another Christmas hymn was created in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. After that time more and more composers in Europe started writting Christmas carols. But the most of carols was sung in Latin and because of that many Christians weren’t intrested in those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas songs are beautiful customs those have to be give between generations. The knowledge about long history of Holiday tree and Christmas songs makes them more magnificent.