The Rich Symbolism and History behind the Popularity of Red and Green in Christmas Celebrations

One of the great reminders and symbols of our favorite season is Christmas decorations. The Christmas trees, the light, and so on fills everywhere with the joy of the season.

Two of the most popular colors of Christmas remain red and green. Year after year, these colors have filled our eyes with wonders: how they are used to decorate our homes, how we wear them, and so on. Some of the popular symbols of the season like Santa Clause and the Christmas tree are both red and green, respectively.

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So the question many of us ask is, why are they the season’s most popular colors?

These two colors are known to be Christmas colors, but they were first associated with the winter solstice. According to the Celtics, they believed that plants they considered holly aids in bringing good fortune in the winter season. So they usually put off clothes of green and red plants in their homes as a way of encouraging their good fortune.

 With time this tradition evolved into the putting up of green and red decorations in the homes of the Celtic people. This was how the idea of decking the halls with cheerful color was born. It went on to spread to many parts of the world as a famous custom.

Many people also believed the two popular colors to have some religious significance, and this has been a prevalent debate over time. Many people follow the tradition of using red and green for decoration without much of a second thought.

Some Christians, on the other hand, believe that the hues, especially the holly wreaths to be a symbol of Jesus’ crown. The berries signify the blood of Jesus and spiky leaves on the wreaths represent the crowns of thorns, which was on the head of Jesus on the cross.