That beloved Christmas Tree

They come in all the possible shapes and sizes. Commonly known as the Christmas Tree, it is one of the most loved symbols of the contemporary, globally celebrated winter holidays.

While some people celebrate Christmas, others may celebrate their own religious holidays in totally different times of the year. Actually, the Christmas Day as we know it is based on the ancient festival of Saturnalia and Sol Invictus. Meanwhile, many other cultures have had some kind of holidays that related to the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, after which the days will only get brighter.

A Christmas Tree as a universal thing

Finally, the contemporary winter holidays go with fascinating traditions such as Christmas Tree and Santa Claus. These traditions are not fully related to one single religion, although the Christmas is strictly a Christian holiday. In the same vein, many people around the world celebrate the Saint Patrick Day in March, although it is specifically an Irish traditional holiday.

After all, traditions circulate and change over time. Some of the reasons to celebrate relate to our own cultures. On the other hand, we love the aesthetics and feeling of celebrations that some other people “invented”.

Happy Holidays!

In my previous post, I focused on the traditions around the winter solstice and Roman winter holidays related to that. Now, Christmas trees have become a universal thing, loved by so many. Finally, it goes beyond religious beliefs, as in former communist countries, most notably Russia, there was such a thing as a “New Year tree”.

Early in the morning today, I received a message from an Indian friend saying happy holidays. Shortly after, I got a message from a friend from Serbia, with the same wishes. In Serbia they celebrate the actual Christmas on different days due to a difference in official calendar. However, festivities are a universal thing.

Happy holidays!

Christmas Tree
Photo from our friend Darko Bilandžić, from Vučedol Culture Museum

Find more interesting stories about the Christmas Trees in this special article on National Geographic.

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