Currently probably no one are able to imagine the holidays without Christmas tree and carols. However does anyone know where did those traditions come from?
The Tradition of Christmas tree
The history of Christmas tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century German Christians locate in their houses the decked trees. Somebody was built wooden pyramids and decked them with candles and plants. Candles was added to a Christmas tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Inspiration for candles arised in the time of walk. Mentioned protestant reformer one winter evening saw light of stars twinkling between plants.
Christmas tree in American culture
Small group of people know that majority of 19th century Americans treated holiday trees as oddity. The first information about Christmas tree in that area come from 1830s and say about settlers from German as a proprietors of Christmas tree. Some hold that the German settlers had Christmas trees even in 1747. However, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were seen as symbols of pagan and they were not accepted by the most of residents of America.
The history of carols
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. In the past carols were pagan songs those were played at the Winter Solstice celebrations when members of event danced round circles of stone. Christians inspired pagan customs and gave songs for Christian. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was popular and played at a Christmas service in Rome. Other Christmas song was written in 760 by Comas from Jerusalem. Then more and more composers in Europe started creating carols. But majority of holiday carols was written in Latin and because of that a lots of people had lost interest those things.
Christmas tree and carols are beautiful traditions those have to be give between generations. The information about long-standing history of Holiday tree and carols makes them more unusual.