It is that time of the year when Christmas decorations will begin to go up. People planning what to cook, what to wear and how best to celebrate their Christmas. Most people believe that there are just two Christmas colours (green and red), and base most of their decorations on these two colours.
But did you know there are more colours with in-depth meanings? Here are some of the Christmas colours and their meanings.
While every other tree dies during the winter, only holly bushes and fir trees remain evergreen. People often think that it is some kind of magic that helped these trees survive the harsh weather. These two plants were both feared and worshipped in the days of old. And ever since, the colour green came to be associated with life.
The Romans’ celebration of Saturnalia took place every year between 17th December and 23th December. During this ceremony, Romans would weave holly wreaths and hang on their doors and walls. These wreaths signified their desire to see the rebirth of the sun and return of the summer.
When the churches began celebrating Christmas, Christians left the wreaths to be hung during Christmas as well. Since then, the colour green has become associated with Christmas.
Red symbolises the blood and death of Christ. This was one significant reason why people started adding red berries to their green holly wreath. It made the wreath eye-catching and also made a powerful analogy. Since then, the colour red has become associated with Christmas. It symbolises Jesus Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection.
Since apple trees were barren during winter, people would manually tie apples to the tree branches to signify the tree of good and evil. As time passed, people began replicating this practice in their homes as well. Over time, it became a tradition of decorating Christmas trees in red, using apples or ornaments.
Also, red was the colour of the robes bishops like St. Nicholas wore. And this is how it became the colour of Santa’s clothes.
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3. Gold or yellow
Gold is the colour of sun and light; it is very significant, especially in cold, dark winter. Gold is also the gift one of the three wise men brought to the manger when they went to see the baby, Jesus. It also signifies the colour of the star the wise men followed when they found out about baby Jesus.
In the days of the old, blue was considered a more prestigious colour than gold, and as such Mary is depicted wearing blue so as to show importance. It is worn by the rich and mighty. Blue also represents the colour of the sky and the heavens.
White signifies purity and peace. It also signifies the colour of snow during winter. It signifies that Jesus Christ is spotless, sinless and pure, just like the colour white. He gave light to a dark and dying world. Those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their saviour are washed off their sin and made whiter and purer than they are.
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