Unpacking Your Christmas Traditions (The Drew Mariani Show)

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? Do you and your family have a special tradition every year?

Drew chats with storyteller, Ace Collins, about the fascinating origins of beloved Christmas traditions. Here’s a jolly summary for your Christmas delight!

🎅 Christmas Trees: A Tale of Faith and Tradition

  • Origins: Christmas trees started as outdoor “Creation Trees” by the Catholic Church in Eastern Europe, symbolizing the Garden of Eden.
  • Transformation: Evergreens in Scandinavia symbolized life during winter, which Christian missionaries like Boniface used to represent undying faith.
  • Indoors Adventure: Latvians first brought Christmas trees indoors around 1500, initially hanging them upside down for practicality.

🍬 Decorations and Colors: Symbolism Galore!

  • Early Decor: Initially, trees were adorned with homemade decorations like straw wreaths.
  • Colorful Ornaments: German glass ornaments, with colors representing aspects of faith – red for Christ’s blood, white for purity, gold for divine light, and so on.
  • Wreaths: Made from tree branches, these symbolized eternal life, adorned with red ribbons for Christ’s sacrifice and often featuring nativity scenes.

💡 Bright Lights and Artificial Trees: Evolving Celebrations

  • Lights on Trees: Transitioned from candles to electric lights, becoming widespread after World War II.
  • Artificial Trees: First appeared in New York City in the 1880s, initially made from feathers to meet high demand.

🎵 Music and Mirth: Keeping Traditions Alive

  • Evolving Traditions: While new traditions are rare, old ones like celebrating Jesus’ birth with a birthday cake are seeing a revival.
  • The Spirit of Christmas: Amid modern challenges, the beauty and simplicity of Christmas decorations and traditions offer a reminder of hope and peace.
Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.