Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Red and Green
Some days that are given special recognition on the calender have colors associated with them like red, which is used on Valentine's day and the color of a country's flag used on their independence day celebrations. I have always been curious about red and green that are mostly used on Christmas day. I decided to do some research to find out answers that are out there for the reason why people wear and decorate with red and green during the Christmas holiday season.
An online blogger explained that red and green have Christian symbolism. "Red symbolizes Christ's blood shed on the cross for our sins (John 19:34). Green symbolizes Eternal life in Christ (John 3:16-17)." If Christmas was originally a Christian celebration, I would thoroughly enjoy this answer. I once learned that Christmas used to be a pagan celebration and when I read the next explanation for red and green as "Christmas colors," it made more sense.
"Many of the early Christians were originally pagans who celebrated Yule. They brought in some of their old traditions when they started celebrating Christmas; among them were the Yule log and the Yule colors red, green, silver, and gold."
*Yule was a religious mid-winter festival celebrated by Northern European peoples, which overtime absorbed into Christmas celebrations.
I'll like to hear your theories about the origin of red and green as Christmas colors.
(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)