Currently nobody are able to imagine the Christmas without Christmas tree and carols. However does anyone have knowledge about where did those customs have their beginning?
The history of Christmas tree
The history of Holiday tree comes from Germany. In the 16th century devout Germans locate in their homes the decorated trees. Somebody was built wooden pyramids and then decorated them with lights and plants. Candles was added to a holiday tree by Martin Luther in the 16th century too. Inspiration for candles arised in the time of walk. Martin Luther one winter evening noticed brillinace of stars twinkling amidst evergreens.
Christmas tree in culture of the USA
It’s worth to know that the most 19th century Americans found holiday trees as crankiness. One of the first record about Christmas tree in that area come from 1830s and say about settlers from German as a proprietors of holiday tree. Some hold that settlers from German had Christmas trees even in 1747. But, as late as the 1840s holiday trees were seen as pagan symbols and they were not approved by majority of Americans.
The history of carols
The definition of „carol” in fact means dance or a song of joy and praise. Initially carols were songs of pagans those were played during celebration of Winter Solstice when people danced round stone circles. Early Christians took over pagan songs and gave Christian songs. In 129 the song „Angel’s Hymn” was known and played at a Christmas service in Italy. Other Christmas hymn was written in 760 for the Greek Orthodox Church. After that time more and more composers all over the Europe started creating carols. But the most of Christmas songs was sung in Latin and because of that a lots of people had lost interest those things.
Christmas tree and Christmas carols are beautiful customs those have to be continued from generation to generation. The knowledge about long-standing history of Christmas tree and carols makes them more unusual.