Christmas decoration facts

Dec
2011
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Hi

Yes, it’s that time of year. The only time we decorate our homes with trees, wreaths, garland etc. Ok, I may be a bit presumptuous here, I really don’t know what you do in your home but its the only time I decorate mine with such things.

I hauled all the boxes and totes out of storage and because this was the first time decorating in this house I had to dump everything out and then figure out where things should go. Here’s a list of some of the decorations: wreaths, candy canes, trees, holly, garland, stockings, mummers, reindeer, Santa, villages, candles for the windows, lights for the house, sleighs, snowmen, bells, angels, nativity scenes, and a fake poinsettia.

auntjojo /Foter

With all the decorations put in place I thought it would be fun to give a little tidbit on a few of them.

Wreaths – In Christianity, wreaths are used to prepare for the Advent Season or the “coming of Christ.

Candles in the windows – seems to be an Irish tradition. As early as the 16th and 17th centuries, Irish Catholics began the practice of placing candles in the windows on Christmas Eve. As Irish immigrants moved over this way, the practice of placing candles in the windows continued.

Nativity – pretty obvious but do you add the baby Jesus on Christmas Eve like traditions says. I did not know this.

Christmas trees – Germans were the first ones to use a tree at Christmas time. They used roses, apples, nuts, berries and candles to decorate the trees. It was the Protestants that first adopted the Christmas tree as part of the celebration of Christmas.

Tree skirt – used to catch the dripping wax from the candles. thank goodness for lights…lol

Holly – Holly berries are poisonous.

Lights – were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris.

Santa Claus – In 1860, illustrator Thomas Nast introduced the Santa Claus as we know him today.

Mummers – People would disguise themselves with old articles of clothing and visit the homes of their friends and neighbours. They would even cover their faces with a hood, scarf, mask or pillowcase to keep their identity hidden.

Stockings  – originated in Holland. Children would place their clogs by the hearth in hopes that  St. Nicholas would fill them with goodies.

Candles – represent Jesus as light of the world.

Poinsettia  –  native plant of Mexico

Candy Canes – Bob’s Candies was the first company to successfully mass-produce and distribute candy canes around 1920.

Bells – the name of a Canadian rock band from the 70’s (thought I’d throw that in for fun)

Snowman – The record for the world’s largest snowman was set in 2008 in Bethel Maine.  It stood 122 feet 1 inch (37.21 m) in height.

Ornaments –  The modern-day Christmas ornament was originally invented in the small German town of Lauscha in the mid-19th century.

Mistletoe   –  a magical healing plant called ‘All heal’ by the pagans. Adapted by Christians it is a symbol of Christ, the healer of all.

Reindeer – Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for an US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.

What decorations do you put out? know any interesting facts? love to hear them.

Until next time happy decorating!

Lesley

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