It's Christmas Eve today: Know all about decorating your Christmas Tree
Decorating the Christmas Tree is the best part of Xmas celebrations. This year, amid the Covid-19 pandemic it's best to stick to indoor Christmas activities and what's better than making gifts at home and putting up the Christmas Tree together with the young and old in the family. On Christmas Eve today, go online and share the excitement of decorating the Christmas Tree with friends. People have been posting pictures of their Christmas Tree on social media. The Christmas baubles, wreaths, glittering stars, mistletoe, candy canes and fairy lights have an inherent cheerfulness that makes people happy and brings in the festive spirit. Each of these Christmas decorations is very significant and symbolize peace and harmony. Millions of people across continents have embraced the tradition of decorating the Christmas Tree. Even though it is still a symbol of Christianity, many associate it with year-end celebrations.
Christmas Tree decorations and their significance
The Christmas Star symbolizes the 'Star of Bethlehem'. According to the Biblical story, the Christmas Star guided the three wise men, to the baby Jesus. The Star also stands for hope for humanity.
Christmas Tree: Candles represent the 'Star of Bethlehem'. People used candles before the electric Christmas tree lights came in. Fairy lights and coloured tiny bulbs are an inseparable part of Christmas Tree decorations.
Christmas Tree: Wreaths symbolize eternal love and rebirth. The Holly on the wreaths stands for immortality, strength and generosity. Christmas is a time for sharing happiness.
Christmas Tree: Mistletoe plants are traditionally known for their romantic overtones. According to the history.com, the "plant's history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years and ancient cultures prized mistletoe for its healing properties." The mistletoe could blossom even during the harsh winter months and the Druids saw it as symbol of vivacity.
Christmas Tree: Gifts are traditionally wrapped and tied with colourful ribbon bows. It is believed that the bow is a sign of unity and happiness in the holiday season.
Red and green are the traditional Christmas colours. While green signifies light and life, red represents blood or the sacrifice of Christ.
On Winter Solstice, as we formally step in to the Christmas season, go ahead and decorate your Christmas Tree with your family.