The symbols of Christmas represent the scene of the celebration of this great Christian festival. That is why at this time of year we find them scattered everywhere.
With origins at different times, each of the symbols comes not only because they are beautiful and bring more beauty and joy to the party, but because they all have a curious story to tell and thus convey a message.
Let’s get to know the symbol behind the 10 most significant symbols of the most anticipated party of the year?
The Christmas star was the one that indicated to the wise men where Jesus was, because they wanted to worship him.
Following the star the wizards could find the Boy, who had been born in Bethlehem, hence she was also known as the Star of Bethlehem.
In addition to having signaled the path that led to the Child, the star represents Jesus himself, who was born to guide humanity.
To this day science attempts to explain its origin as an astronomical phenomenon.
The Christmas bell is the symbol that represents the announcement of the birth of Jesus.
This is because, in addition to signaling the time, the ringing of bells warns people to gather for an event.
Used in the decoration of trees and doors, the bells are also remembered in the carols. The best known is “Knock the bell”.
Who never sang a little piece ?: ” Knock the little bell, bell of Bethlehem. God was born a boy for our good .”
In Germany, it is said, a gentleman used to place candles in his window to light the way of travelers.
Thus, the Christmas candles assume the role of representing the light that the birth of Jesus brings to people’s lives, because he came to dispel the darkness, the darkness.
Thus, candles lit on Christmas Eve reveal Christ’s presence in that environment and represent faith.
The first crib dates from 1223 and was set up in Italy by St. Francis of Assisi, who wanted to show the faithful how Jesus was born.
Initially it was done only in the churches, until its assembly in the houses became tradition.
It is a representation of the scenario in which the baby Jesus was born.
Thus, besides Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph, appear in him:
- the animals in the stable that warmed Jesus;
- the angel who announces to the world his birth;
- the Star of Bethlehem, which led the way to the wise men;
- the three kings: Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchior.
It is usually dismantled on January 6, the date the kings located the Boy.
The angels represent the figure of Gabriel, the angel who announced to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus.
No wonder the angel is one of the greatest bearers of the joy of this holiday season.
He is present not only in isolation, but also one of the main figures of the crib.
The balls that mainly decorate the Christmas tree represent the fruits of the trees.
Initially the fruits served as decoration and were eaten by the children. According to legend, when in a year there were no fruits, an artisan made glass balls to imitate them.
Due to the beauty of their art, the balls became a tradition and a decorative element that can not be missed at Christmas.
According to historical records, the first Christmas tree appeared in northern Europe in the 16th century. But it only became a tradition from the seventeenth century with Martin Luther in Germany.
After that it was in the nineteenth century that this Christmas symbol spread around the world.
It turns out that before the Christianization of Christmas, trees are usually decorated with another purpose: to celebrate the arrival of winter.
The tree is, by tradition, a pine tree. This is because the pine tree is the only tree that can keep its leaves even in the intense cold. Thus, it symbolizes life and hope.
Each ornament carries a symbolism. The lights, for example, represent the stars, and the star that is usually placed at the top of the tree represents the Star of Bethlehem.
The figure of Santa Claus arises from the kind gestures of the bishop named Nicholas.
According to legend, he threw gold coins into the chimneys of the neediest houses in Turkey, having been recognized by the church as a saint.
The modern representation of Santa Claus will have emerged in the United States. Santa Claus looked like a chubby old man with a long beard and red clothes, moving around the houses with his sleigh.
The Advent wreath is a kind of garland with four candles, one for each week before Christmas.
Much more than a beautiful decoration, for Christians the Advent wreath is a Christmas announcement. Its shape symbolizes eternity and its green leaves, hope.
In churches, each crown candle has a different color and is lit in the following order: green, red, purple and white.
The origin of the garland dates from the year 1839 and was used as a counting method for children who longed for the arrival of Christmas.
Garlands date back to antiquity and sprang up in Rome.
They are a welcome sign for those who visit us during this festive season. That is why it is tradition to hang them on the main door of houses.
Initially a pagan symbol, the garland was used by the church with the adaptation of candles, from which came the Advent wreath.
Christmas cards come as a symbol as sending postcards with a beautiful message on this holiday season has become a tradition among family, friends and customers.
This is because the spirit of joy, thanksgiving, and sharing invades the hearts, causing people to exchange messages at this time of year.
The first Christmas card was made by painter John Callcott Horsley at the request of Sir Henry Cole , an English civil servant who was too busy at the time to write letters with happy holidays wishes.
Over time, paper cards were replaced by messages sent electronically.
Turkey is one of the most requested dishes for Christmas dinner and represents plenty.
The tradition of eating turkey comes from the United States, where the bird is a typical Thanksgiving dish, also called Turkey Day . This is because there are about 50 million turkeys consumed on that date.
Thanksgiving, much celebrated in the United States, came in 1621 to commemorate and especially to thank the abundance of the crops. From the beginning, turkey was served at this party.
And since we’re talking about food, why not highlight the symbolism of Christmas dinner?
More than a dinner filled with appetizing things, the supper represents the fraternization and unity of families.
The custom of gathering friends and family around the table to commemorate the birth of Jesus comes from Europe, where people would open the doors of their homes to welcome travelers and offer them a meal on Christmas Eve.
For many, especially children, Christmas is synonymous with gifts. But how did the habit of exchanging gifts come about?
Well, this is a custom that relates to the Magi, who brought to Jesus gold, incense, and myrrh, each with its own meaning: gold symbolizes royalty ; incense, divinity ; and myrrh, the human aspects of Jesus .
In addition, Santa’s very origin also relates to gifts. This is because the “good old man” was originally a Turkish bishop who threw gold coins through the chimney of the poor.
To finish, let’s talk once again about food, more precisely a delicacy that can not miss on the table of Brazilians: the panettone!
Of Italian origin, legend has it that Toni, a bakery worker, was exhausted from the work of Christmas orders. As a result, she was mistaken when she made bread for her boss’s family supper on Christmas Eve.
The mistake went so well that the boss called the bread “pani de Toni”.