A Christmas Color Carol
Evergreen boughs that fill our homes
With fragrant Christmas scents,
Hearts filled with the loving glow
That Christmas represents.
The first word of this verse signifies colors. When the sun goes into hiding during the wintry days, what brings about a little color for you? A rich brown frothy cup of coffee, a sweet plum and raisin cake, Christmas tree, or Santa Claus perhaps?
A thing common in all these is that they provide comfort and add a dash of color to the prolonged whiteness. Traditionally, every color that’s associated with Christmas has a story highlighting its significance. The three most striking colors of Christmas are Red, Green, and Gold. As it happens, these colors also have a strong connection to Indian weddings which are mostly scheduled mostly in this season.
Coming back to Christmas, let’s take a look at the traditional stories behind these three colors.
Simply, green is the color of evergreen plants like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe, which are used in Christmas decorations. The symbolic meaning indicates that green color signifies that spring follows winter. Another story takes us to the Medieval Roman period when they used to celebrate a pagan festival called Saturnalia. In this festival wreaths of Holly were given as gifts. The same tradition was adopted by the Victorians in spreading the festival that Christmas now is.
Do you know the story of Adam and Eve? Their story is incomplete without an apple. There’s an old custom in Christian communities where Paradise plays showcasing the story of Adam and Eve were staged. To recreate the apple tree form this story, people started putting up pine trees with apples in them for decoration. Santa Claus’s dress is also red. It takes inspiration from robes of Saint Nicholas, the actual Father Christmas.
The color of church bells, warm bonfires and sun, Gold symbolizes warmth. What’s better than feeling warm and cozy and sharing a drink with loved ones on Christmas Eve? A story tells how magi brought gifts wrapped in golden paper for baby Christ and of the star that led Christ’s family from the East.
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