So where did the colors of Christmas come from? We all recognize red, green, gold and white, but why are they so prominent at Christmas? Red, apparently comes from the apples of the Paradise Tree that tempted Adam. Often Paradise Plays would take place on Christmas Eve. It is also synonymous with the red of holly berries which are in hedgerows of Northern Europe in winter.
Red also signifies the blood of Christ and bishops often wear red robes at Christmas time. St Nicholas wore red robes and hence Santa Claus/Father Christmas continues the tradition.
Green comes from the several evergreen plants associated with Christmas, holly, mistletoe, fir trees and ivy.
Gold comes from the gift of gold from the wise men to the baby Jesus and white represents purity, snow and is the color must often used in churches at Christmas where altar cloths are usually white.
So there you have it, beautiful colors with significant meanings. To get a flavor of what Christmas is like in Britain and to hear some beautiful carol singing, listen to Carols from Kings which takes place on Christmas Eve every year. Amazon has past concerts on CD and DVD here, while details of this years concert are on the BBC here or just check out Youtube!
Fun Fact: The color blue at Christmas quite often represents Mary, mother of Jesus.
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