The practice of putting up special decoration on Christmas day dates back to 15th century. It was seen that in London, it was custom for every house to be decorated with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green o every Christmas. The heart shaped of ivy were said to symbolize the coming to earth of the Jesus, while holly was seen as protection against pagans and witches, its thorns and red berries held to represent the crown of Thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion and the blood he shed.
People can be seen making nativity scene in their houses. Different types of decorations developed to decorate nativity scenes dependent upon the local traditions and available resources. From very simple decoration to the far more elaborate sets with lot of detailed decorations. Traditional nativity sets weather simple or elaborated includes Krakowszopka in Poland, which imitate historical buildings as settings, the elaborate Italian presepi or the Provencal creches in southern France, using hand – painted terracotta figurines called santons. For more Christmas decorating ideas, visit Happy Xmas Blog.
In certain part of the world, living nativity scenes are popular alternative to static creches. Very often people are seen encouraged to complete and create the most original or realistic ones. Within some families, the pieces used to make representation are considered a valuable family heirloom.
The traditional colors of Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus, which was shed in his crucifixion, while green symbolizes eternal life, and the evergreen tree, which does not loose its leaves in winters, and gold is the first color associated with Christmas, symbolizing royalty.
The Christmas tree is considered by some as Christinisation of pagan tradition and ritual surrounding the Winter Solistice, which included the use of evergreen boughs, and an adaptation of pagan tree worship. Along with the Christmas tree the interior of the house may be decorated with plants, garlands and evergreen foliage.
The outside of the houses may be decorated with lights and sometimes with illuminated sleighs, snowmen and other Christmas figures. Other traditional decorations include bells, candles, candy canes, stockings, wreaths, and angels. Both the displaying of wreths and candles in each window are a more traditional Christmas display. Christmas lights and banners may be hung along streets, music played from speakers, and Christmas trees placed in prominent places.