10 Day of December – #Decor

Christmas bazaar/ market in Germany

If you decorate a tree and hang stockings every year because that’s what everyone does. I did some research to figure out the not-so-well-known reasons behind these customs.

1. Wreaths

Despite what you might think, these decorations weren’t invented to spruce up your front door. According to The New York Times, Christians believe wreaths represent thorns worn by Jesus and the tiny red berries represent his blood.

2. Candy Canes

People disagree on the origins of this holiday staple, but many (including Bronner’s!) say the white represents purity. The red represents Jesus’ bloodshed, and the shape is supposed to be the staff of the Good Shepherd. Think about that the next time you enjoy this minty treat.

3. Trees

Of all holiday decorations, the tree is perhaps the most iconic. The tradition started, because in many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away evil spirits and illness. According to History.

4. Gingerbread Men

According to the Catholic church, these cookies are intended to remind us of when God created Adam in the Garden of Eden — and therefore his creation of all of us.

5. Mistletoe

Since mistletoe survives by attaching itself to a tree (and would die without the tree). To Christians, it represents how humans only exist because of God, according to A Christmas Testimony.

6. Tinsel

According to Santa’s Net, this metallic decoration symbolizes light and is hung on a Christmas tree to make sure darkness has no power during the holiday season.

7. Gifts

The inspiration behind giving and receiving gifts on Christmas. Started when the wise men brought their gold, frankincense, and myrrh to honor Jesus being born. According to A Christmas Testimony. Now it’s a way to share joy amongst loved ones.

It’s a bit different from what we are used to, especially non-believers, but the still exciting history behind it. Did you know all whys?

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