For most people, Christmas is a holiday they look forward to throughout the entire year. As December gets nearer, excitement hits fever pitch, and we start to put up our Christmas decorations in preparation for the big day. Putting up decorations is one of the most traditional elements of Christmas, and it really adds to the excitement of the festive period. Keeping that in mind, in this post we are going to provide further information on one of the most treasured festive decorations – the Christmas garland. Read on to discover more.
From Christmas Garlands To Holiday Lights: Traditional Holiday Decorations
There are many decorations that we put up during the Christmas period. Some are traditional and symbolic, such as Christmas garland decorations, while others are have become modern in recent times, for instance, snowmen and snowflakes. You can also decorate your outdoor area with Christmas lights, as well as using screws to put up signs, such as ‘Santa Stop Here’.
Let’s take a look at some of the most traditional holiday decorations we put up. Christmas wreaths are one of the most long-standing festive traditions. In Christian tradition, during the weeks leading up to Christmas, a four-candle Advent wreath is used to represent the build-up to the festive period. Christmas garlands, which are very much like the wreath’s strung-out cousin, look beautiful and they represent a message of hope. Of course, who could forget the Christmas tree? - The most iconic decoration of them all. A lot of religious historians and academics have suggested that Norse celebrations of the winter solstice are to be credited with the origin of candle-lit evergreen trees. Stockings may be loaded with gifts in the morning, but they also represent a traditional Christmas decoration. Finally, let’s not forget nativity scenes. Miniature scenes, which depict the birth of Christ, are popular in Christian households. After all, this is the event that is at the root of the Christmas celebration.
What Are Christmas Garlands?
Garlands are a decorative green cord, and they are used for a wide array of festive occasions. During the Christmas period, people tend to use garlands to decorate inanimate objects in their home, be it their mantelpiece or their Christmas tree. Flower and leave garlands, which is what you will find available at Christmas, represent the traditional variation of the garland. Nowadays, you have everything from tinsel to bead garlands to choose from. You can also find traditional Christmas garlands with modern upgrades, such as the incorporation of fairy lights and other decorations. They are also filled with Christmas symbolism. For example, red holly berries are often incorporated in luxury Christmas garlands, and they represent the blood that Christ spilled for Christians.
Holly is also widely incorporated in garlands, especially when weaving them together, and this is a symbol of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. There are then those that are circular in shape, like wreaths, and they are a representation of ‘infinity’, much like Jesus’s infinite love. Of course, there are many different options for you to choose from when buying a Christmas garland today, and, therefore, you may be able to incorporate different symbols.
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