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The Symbolism Behind Standard Christmas Decorations

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.

See The Hidden Symbolism Behind Your Favorite Christmas Decorations here


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There is totally a war against christmas, I mean, it's not like every single store is playing christmas music non stop for three freaking months, or like the entire freaking country is decorated with nativity scenes and light-up santas or anything.
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Of course not one bit of that article has any truth. It's like asking little kids to explain how each part of a car engine works, and just publishing the result without a mention of the facts... Or maybe going to someone with a doctorate in the fine arts to ask for a medical diagnosis.

Most elements of Christmas originate from the Druid festival of Yule (hence Yuletide, Yule logs, etc). The tree, the decorations, the mistletoe, the gifts, the lights, the meals, the fires, the 12 days, the colors, the wreaths, etc. They all come with real explanations that make sense if you go to the origins and don't waste time on Christian rationalizations.

Here's a short one:
http://www.blackhillscelticevents.org/Events/CelticXmas.htm

Longer but interesting:
http://www.ibtimes.com/winter-solstice-2014-3-things-know-about-pagan-yule-celebrations-1763756

Actually, Easter is worse in that regard. It's even still called by the name of the pagan God (while Yule is a footnote in Christmas), and the kids activities for the day remain completely pagan fertility rituals (eggs, rabbits, etc).
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I think it's funny how much Christmas is just a pagan holiday with "blood of Christ" and such pasted over the original symbolism. It has always seemed a bit silly and obvious that way, and yet they're always fighting to "take back" Christmas. But that's how cultural appropriation works- after a while the appropriators forget about the theft and start acting like they made the whole thing up. Let the Christmas comment crapstorm begin!
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What's that you say, one out of the over 400 articles we post a month isn't up to Scott Donahue's standards? Whatever will we do now that we have disappointed Scott Donahue? Oh yeah, the same thing we've been doing for years, post over 400 articles a month. They can't all be winners, folks
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