What does Christmas ball represent?
Hill says Christmas balls are her favorite tradition, because they symbolize the reflection of God's love and light in our lives. "This Friendship Ball is a symbol of our friendship. It is a never-ending circle that sparkles in the light the way you bring sparkle to my life.
Tradition states that from that moment, fir trees were brought into Christian homes, decorated in the name of Jesus. Hanging religious ornaments on a tree was a way to honor the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ's birth.
Christmas ornaments, baubles, "Christmas bulbs" or "Christmas bubbles" are decoration items, usually to decorate Christmas trees. These decorations may be woven, blown (glass or plastic), molded (ceramic or metal), carved from wood or expanded polystyrene, or made by other techniques.
An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem, respectively, from the Nativity. Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate, and other sweets are also popular and are tied to or hung from the tree's branches with ribbons.
Red and Green Christmas Colors
Many Christians see the colors as being inspired by the life of Jesus, with green representing the everlasting life of Christ (much like evergreen trees, which stay green all winter long) and red representing the blood shed during his crucifixion.
It was believed that lighting the Yule log summoned the sun's return while simultaneously driving away evil spirits. It has been argued that Christian traditions build on the idea of the Yule log by using light during the holidays to represent Jesus lighting up the darkness.
A house ornament symbolizes family shelter and protection. A bird ornament reflects happiness and joy. A heart ornament means there's true love in the home. An angel ornament asks for God's guidance in the home.
The popular standard Christmas ball ornament can be made of metal, glass or plastic. It may be solid- or multi-colored, hand-painted or even made of hand-blown glass. They may be the original Christmas ornament shape, thought to mimic that of apples.
Waltern: in American English such a glass Christmas ornament would be called a "ball" rather than a "bauble". So, Americans call such a glass ornament a ball and you call it a bauble. Thank you.
Christmas Trees From Germany
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce.
When was the first Christmas tree?
Flanders says the “first decorated indoor tree” was recorded in 1605, in Strasbourg, decorated with roses, apples, wafers and other sweets, according to her research. Demand for Christmas trees was so high in the 15th century that laws were passed in Strasbourg cracking down on people cutting pine branches.
According to an article on The Spruce, the upside-down Christmas tree dates back to the eighth century, during which a famous saint hung a tree upside down as a way to represent the Holy Trinity. Therefore, it has religious significance.
Decorating Facts. Decorating THE trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring them into their homes. Early Christmas tree ornaments consisted of edible bites of apples, plums and pears. In the 19th century Christmas trees were often decorated - most dangerously - with candles.
A tree-topper or treetopper is a decorative ornament placed on the top (or "crown") of a Christmas tree. Tree-toppers can take any form, though the most common include a star (representing the Star of Bethlehem), finial, angel ("Christmas angel"), or fairy.
Angels, they far outweigh all other Christmas tree toppers.
Etymology. From Middle English bable, babel, babull, babulle, from Old French babel, baubel (“trinket, child's toy”), most likely a reduplication of bel, ultimately from Latin bellus (“pretty”).