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History of Christmas Decorations

Christmas is by far the most popular season of all. Many people choose to decorate their homes with many different kinds of decorative items. These can range from the traditional Christmas tree, to garland, lights, candles and wreaths. But where did the history of these Christmas decorations originate ? It was said that in the 7th century, a monk came to Germany to spread the word of God. He brought a tree to the people to decorate, and claimed its triangular shape represented God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Originally, the Christmas tree was decorated with simple, white candles. It wasn't until 1610 that tinsel began to be added to the tree. Originally, tinsel was made with pure silver. Eventually, the Christmas tree made its way to England where it began to be more ornate with glass beads, hand-sewn snowflakes, and then it made its way to American in the 1800's.

Most ornaments used for Christmas decorations were made of hand-blown glass, and also came from Germany. In America, the invention of injection mold plastics made way for less expensive ornaments and provided more variety. The poinsettia also became a symbol of Christmas, and originated in Mexico. The legend says that a child wanted to give Christ a gift but had no money. He saw a poinsettia on the side of the road and plucked it for an offering, and when he brought it to the church, it began to grow beautiful red flowers. The poinsettia has become a popular tradition in Christmas decorations and is still commonly seen today. Other Christmas plants used today are holly and mistletoe.

Although the Christmas tree, ornaments, and popular plants are all part of the decorating for this holiday, there are many other decorations that have come from a long history. The candy cane was originally straight, and used by a German choir director to give to his children when they were well behaved. Eventually, the candy cane took on a curved shape to represent a shepherd's staff. Christmas is a season rich in history, and Christmas decorations have become a family tradition that can be appreciated and enjoyed for years to come.