The tradition of Christmas tree and carols
Currently nobody can imagine the Christmas without holiday tree and Christmas carols. But does anyone have knowledge about where did those customs come from?
The history of Christmas tree
The history of Christmas tree has its beginning in Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans locate in their houses the decked trees. Somebody was made wooden pyramids and then decorated them with candles and evergreens. Candles was hunged on a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Inspiration for lights arised in the time of walk. Martin Luther one winter evening saw brillinace of stars twinkling between plants.
Christmas tree in culture of the USA
Small group of people know that majority of 19th century residents of America found Christmas trees as oddity. One of the first information about Christmas tree in that region come from 1830s and tell about German settlers as a owners of Christmas tree. Some say that the Pennsylvania German settlements had Christmas trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were seen as pagan symbols and they weren’t accepted by the most of residents of America.
The history of Christmas songs
The word „carol” actually 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. Early Christians inspired pagan customs and prepared songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and sung during Christmas celebrations in Rome. Another Christmas hymn was written in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. Then more and more composers in Europe started creating carols. However the most of holiday carols was sung in Latin and because of that many people were not intrested in singing Christmas songs.
Holiday tree and holiday carols are amazing customs those have to be continued between generations. The information about long-standing history of Holiday tree and Christmas songs makes them more magnificent.