Currently probably no one can imagine the Christmas without Christmas tree and carols. However does anybody have knowledge about where did those traditions have their beginning?
The history of Christmas tree
The tradition of holiday tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans locate in their homes the decorated trees. Somebody was made Christmas pyramids and decorated them with lights and evergreens. Candles was hunged on a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the same time. Idea for candles arised in the time of walk. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed light of stars twinkling amidst trees.
Holiday tree in culture of the USA
Only a few know that the most 19th century residents of America treated holiday trees as oddity. The first information about holiday tree in that area appeared in 1830s and tell about settlers from German as a proprietors of Christmas tree. Some say that the German settlers had holiday trees as early as 1747. But, in the 1840s holiday trees were treated as symbols of pagan and they weren’t approved by majority of Americans.
The history of carols
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were songs of pagans those were sung during celebration of Winter Solstice when members of event danced around circles of stone. Early Christians took over pagan songs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and played during Christmas service in Italy. Another Christmas song was created in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. After that time more and more composers in Europe started creating carols. But the most of Christmas songs was written in Latin and that’s why a lots of people were not intrested in singing carols.
Holiday tree and Christmas carols are amazing customs those are worth keep from generation to generation. The knowledge about long-standing history of Christmas tree and Christmas songs makes them even more amazing.