Most of us just put up Christmas decorations each year to make our homes feel festive and bright, and because they look neat and reflect our personal sense of style.
But every standard Christmas decoration, from the stockings to the wreath to the tree, has a symbolic meaning that most people are unaware of, most of which are tied to the holiday's Christian roots.
The wreath is a pretty straightforward symbol of Christ, meant to symbolize the crown of thorns he wore on his head while he hung on the cross, with red berries symbolizing drops of his blood.
Candy canes are supposedly shaped to look like the shepherd's staff, and some say the red stripe symbolizes the blood of Christ and the white stripe symbolizes purity.
And in keeping with the "blood of Christ" theme- according to legend holly berries were once white, but blood shed by Christ stained them red.
In truth, some holly bushes still produce yellow or white berries, and those red berries start out green and only turn red when they're ripe.