Christmas then and now

December 18, Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.

Christmas then and now

Painted by Oluf Olufsen Bagge. The relevance of ancient pre-Christian customs to the 16th-century German initiation of the Christmas tree custom is disputed. Resistance to the custom was often because of its supposed Lutheran origins.

Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmas time.

A later folk version of the story adds the detail that an evergreen tree grew in place of the felled oak, telling them about how its triangular shape reminds humanity of the Trinity and how it points to heaven.

In such plays, a tree decorated with apples to represent the forbidden fruit and wafers to represent the Eucharist and redemption was used as a setting for the play. Like the Christmas cribthe Paradise tree was later placed in homes.

The apples were replaced by round objects such as shiny red balls. The Regiment of the local high-Sacristans of the Cistercian Order refers to what may be considered one of the oldest references to the Christmas tree: On the Christmas eve, you will look for a large Branch of green laurel, and you shall reap many red oranges, and place them on the branches that come of the laurel, specifically as you have seen, and in every orange you shall put a candle, and hang the Branch by a rope in the pole, which shall be by the candle of the altar-mor.

Its 16th-century origins are sometimes associated with Protestant Christian reformer Martin Lutherwho is said to have first added lighted candles to an evergreen tree. Chichilakis are most common in the Guria and Samegrelo regions of Georgia near the Black Seabut they can also be found in some stores around the capital of Tbilisi.

Basil on January 1. The branches were decorated with apples, nuts, cookies, colored paper, stars made of straw, ribbons and colored wafers.

Some people believed that the tree had magical powers that were linked with harvesting and success in the next year.

In the late 18th and early 19th century, these traditions were almost completely replaced by the German custom of decorating the Christmas tree.

Estonia, Latvia and Germany[ edit ] Girl with Christmas tree, painting by Franz Skarbina — Customs of erecting decorated trees in wintertime can be traced to Christmas celebrations in Renaissance-era guilds in Northern Germany and Livonia. The first evidence of decorated trees associated with Christmas Day are trees in guildhalls decorated with sweets to be enjoyed by the apprentices and children.

In Livonia present-day Estonia and Latviain, andthe Brotherhood of Blackheads erected a tree for the holidays in their guild houses in Reval now Tallinn and Riga. On the last night of the celebrations leading up to the holidays, the tree was taken to the Town Hall Squarewhere the members of the brotherhood danced around it.

After the Protestant Reformationsuch trees are seen in the houses of upper-class Protestant families as a counterpart to the Catholic Christmas cribs. This transition from the guild hall to the bourgeois family homes in the Protestant parts of Germany ultimately gives rise to the modern tradition as it developed in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wax candles, expensive items at the time, are found in attestations from the late 18th century. Along the lower Rhine, an area of Roman Catholic majority, the Christmas tree was largely regarded as a Protestant custom.

As a result, it remained confined to the upper Rhineland for a relatively long period of time. The custom did eventually gain wider acceptance beginning around by way of Prussian officials who emigrated there following the Congress of Vienna.

Only at the start of the 20th century did Christmas trees appear inside churches, this time in a new brightly lit form. Overbeek In the early 19th century, the custom became popular among the nobility and spread to royal courts as far as Russia.

Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg introduced the Christmas tree to Vienna inand the custom spread across Austria in the following years. In Denmark a Danish newspaper claims that the first attested Christmas tree was lit in by countess Wilhemine of Holsteinborg.

It was the aging countess who told the story of the first Danish Christmas tree to the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen in He had published a fairy-tale called The Fir-Tree inrecounting the fate of a fir-tree being used as a Christmas tree. At the time of the personal union with HanoverGeorge III 's German-born wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitzintroduced a Christmas tree at a party she gave for children in In her journal for Christmas Evethe delighted year-old princess wrote: There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments.

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids. Jun 21,  · Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday. Colonial Williamsburg - Experience life in the 18th century at America's largest outdoor history museum.

All the presents being placed round the trees After Victoria's marriage to her German cousin Prince Albertby the custom became even more widespread [36] as wealthier middle-class families followed the fashion.

In a newspaper advert for Christmas trees makes clear their smart cachet, German origins and association with children and gift-giving. It is made from Caroline's [39] description of those she saw in Germany".

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In fewer than ten years their use in better-off homes was widespread. By a northern provincial newspaper contained an advert alluding casually to them, [45] as well as reporting the accidental death of a woman whose dress caught fire as she lit the tapers on a Christmas tree.The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list.

This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages. The House is so well arranged and decorated it is such and excellent and finest decoration with much sweetness of tree is glittering and clause is so lovely and beautiful.

Jun 21,  · Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus.

But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.

Christmas then and now

Then: Finish wrapping presents and relax and watch Christmas movies Now: I think now is a good time to take our family picture at the mall in front of the Christmas tree A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of modern Christmas tree was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia) and early modern Germany, where Protestant Germans brought decorated trees into their homes.

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