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A Christmas decoration is one of many ornamentations use at Christmastide and during the peak holiday season. Traditional Christmas decoration colours are pine green (evergreen), snow white, and heart red. Gold and silver are also widespread, as are other metallic colours. Typical images for Christmas decorations include Baby Jesus, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, and the Star of Bethlehem.

In many countries, such as Sweden, people start putting up their Advent and Christmas decoration on the first day of Arrival. Liturgically. Also this is complete in some parishes through a ceremony of hanging the greens. In the Western Christian world, the two old-style days on which Christmas decorations are remove are the Twelfth Night and, if they are not remove on that day, Candlemas, the latter ending the Christmas-Epiphany season in some denominations. In addition to leaving decorations beyond Candlemas, the twelfth night is consider historically inauspicious.


Christmas decorations are as old as Christmas itself. They are stated in ancient descriptions of the Roman festival of Saturnalia. Which is believe to have originate in the 5th century BC.

The tradition of the decorated fir tree is ancient since the Celts already decorated a fir tree, a symbol of life at the time of the winter solstice. The Scandinavians did the same thing for the Yule festival, which was celebrated on the same date as Christmas.

Tertullian complained in the second century that Christians in North Africa decorated their home with vegetation, a pagan symbol.


The Christmas tree was first secondhand by German Lutherans in the 16th century, with annals indicating that a Christmas tree was located in Strasbourg Cathedral in 1539. Also under the direction of the Protestant reformer Martin Bucer. In the United States, these “German Lutherans transported the decorated Christmas tree; the Moravians put lighted candles on these trees.” When decorating the Christmas tree, many people place a star on top of the tree, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem, a fact recorded by The School Journal in 1897.

Professor David Albert Jones of the University of Oxford writes that in the 19th century, people also used an angel to crown the Christmas tree to symbolize the angels mentioned in the stories of the Nativity of Jesus. In discussions of folklore, some claim that the Christmas tree is a Christianization of the pagan tradition and ritual surrounding the winter solstice. Which included the use of evergreen branches and an adaptation of pagan tree worship. However, the English expression “Christmas tree” was first recorded in 1835[16] and represented an import from the German language. From Germany, the tradition was introduce to England, first by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. And then more successfully by Prince Albert early in Queen Victoria’s reign. The clear 1840s image of the Queen’s decorat evergreen tree was republish in the United States. As the first widely circulated image of a decorated Christmas tree in America. Also the custom spread there. Christmas trees can decorated with lights and ornaments.

Types of Decorations

Figurative glass Christmas ornaments originated in the small town of Lauscha, Germany, in the second half of the 19th century. The city had long produced fine glassware. The production of Christmas decorations has become a family affair for many people. Some families invested 16 hours a day of output; for some, it was their only source of income.

Sometimes contests were held. Prizes were award to the family that produced the best specimens. Santas, angels, birds, animals, and other traditional Christmas themes were favourites.

F.W. Woolworth discovered these glass ornaments on a toy and doll shopping trip to Sonnenburg, Germany, in the 1890s. He sold them at his “five and ten cents” stores in America. The ornaments are said to take contribute to Woolworth’s great commercial success.

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