Nowadays probably no one can imagine the holidays without holiday tree and carols. However does anybody have knowledge about where did those customs come from?
The tradition of Christmas tree
The tradition of holiday tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans locate in their houses the decorated trees. Some was built wooden pyramids and then decked them with candles and evergreens. Candles was added to a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Idea for candles arised during walking. Mentioned protestant reformer one December evening saw light of stars shining amidst evergreens.
Holiday tree in culture of the USA
Small group of people know that majority of 19th century residents of America found holiday trees as oddity. The first record about Christmas tree in that region come from 1830s and tell about German settlers as a owners of Christmas tree. Some say that settlers from German had holiday trees as early as 1747. However, in the 1840s holiday trees were seen as symbols of pagan and they weren’t accepted by the most of American citizens.
The tradition of Christmas songs
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 at the Winter Solstice celebrations when people danced around circles of stone. Christians took over pagan customs and prepared songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and sung at a Christmas service in Rome. Another Christmas hymn was written in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. After that time many composers in Europe started creating Christmas songs. However the most of carols was sung in Latin and that’s why a lots of people were not intrested in those things.
Holiday tree and carols are beautiful customs those have to be give between generations. The information about long history of Holiday tree and Christmas carols makes them even more amazing.