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Sunday, November 22, 2015

RED, GREEN & GOLD FOR CHRISTMAS


 There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas. I like Red, Green and Gold. But why do I like them and what do the colors represent?

 Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn't last forever!

 An early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays. 

 Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. 

 Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas and then also became Santa's uniform!

  Gold is the color of the Sun and light - both very important in the dark winter. And both red and gold are the colors of fire that you need to keep you warm.

Gold was also one of the presents brought to the baby Jesus by one of the wise men and traditionally it's the color used to show the star that the wise men followed Silver is sometimes used instead of (or with) gold. But gold is a 'warmer' color.

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