Don’t you just love Christmas colors? Do you ever wonder how red and green became synonymous with Christmas and why we deck everything out in these colors? Why Are Red and Green Christmas Colors?
Most of the European Christmas traditions and customs were established to survive cold and dark winters. Evergreen plants like Ivy and Mistletoe were used to brighten up buildings and homes throughout the long winter. Their green branches give off a scent that helped to freshen up and enliven the atmoshere. Romans exchanged evergreen branches during January as a sign of good luck. Ancient Egyptians brought palm branches into their homes during mid winter festivals and pine trees with red apples were given out during the middle ages at Paradise plays. Green symbolizes the hope for eternal life that Jesus offers which is exemplified by our use of Evergreens as Christmas trees.
An early use of red at Christmas was in the 14 century when apples were placed on Paradise trees in church plays representing the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Red is also the color of Holly berries, which are said to represent the blood of Jesus. The Bishop’s robe is red and ultimately became the color of Santa’s uniform. Most Christmas decorations and ornaments contain some red.
Other Christmas Colors ?
The Christmas colors of red and green are here to stay. We instantly associate them with Christmas, yet some like to add additional colors; white for purity, gold for sun and light,or the star that led the wise men to baby Jesus, red and gold for fire and warmth, silver as tinsel, blue for showing someone’s importance, like Mary, or the color of sky and heaven.
Around the world the colors of Christmas are displayed and celebrated. In fact, there are even shows titled “Colors of Christmas”. So decorate, wrap, trim and enjoy the color traditions established throughout time.
Have a wonderful warm holiday season in the way you traditionally celebrate the holiday, be it Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or Solstice.