What is the History and Meaning of Christmas?

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The time has come, yet again, for the Earth to make its complete circle around the Sun. The meaning of Christmas or “Yule” dates back to modern English referring to the moment when the wheel of the year is at its lowest and ready to rise again for another year. Many people believe that the Romans were the first to influence the winter festival.

The origin of the Christmas tree came from 16th century Western Germany. These trees were known as “Paradeisbaum” or paradise trees and were brought into homes to celebrate the annual Feast of Adam and Eve on December 24th. Germans would hang wafers on the tree and the tradition has been transformed to include ornaments instead.

The Christmas colors red, white and green were taken from the colors of the Holly Tree. In Europe, Pagans did not cut down trees to be displayed in their homes. Instead, they gathered branches of evergreen trees, holly and mistletoe. These would be decorated and use at symbols for the winter season. Mistletoe is a divine plant and symbolized peace and love creating the tradition of kissing underneath it.

But what is this whole thing about there being 12 days of Christmas? The Scandinavians had a festival “Yuletide” which, again, celebrated the re-circulation of the sun. During this festival, people would take a yule log and place it into a fireplace where it burned for twelve days straight.

For whatever reason you celebrate Christmas, we hope it is filled with lots of love.


May your days be filled with peace, hope, and joy this holiday season.As always, thank you for your love and support.

Namaste,

All of us at The American Yoga Academy

 

 

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