Very interesting post about the origin of some of the traditional symbols of Christmas.
5 sacred symbols of Christmas and their pagan origins
It has started; the Christmas decorating. In this house, it takes a week, and finally culminates in the dressing of the tree. And year on year, the same symbols abound throughout the festive season; Santa, the reindeer, the stable and the manger, hanging up the stocking etc, to name just a few. But have you ever wondered where they came from? It might surprise you to know that they derive from some pretty ancient, pre-Christian traditions. Here are my top 5.
1. The Christmas Tree
The tree we proudly decorate and display today is an invention of the Victorian days, introduced from Germany. Prior to this, the tree which most symbolised mid-winter is most likely to have been a Holly bush.
Imagine how winter must have felt to our ancestors; harsh and bleak, a time of hardship, a struggle for…
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