Christmas Decorations from Christmas Carnivals Part 2

It’s time to sing Christmas carols and celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus. Christmas and gifts go together. The long tradition of giving and receiving gifts has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of Christmas.
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Aug. 18, 2010 - PRLog -- Christmas home decorations what we see today in the Christmas store has evolved form different cultures and traditions. Decorating your home for the festive occasion depends entirely on one's tastes, likes and dislikes. So it is upon individual tastes how you decorate your home. Thinking about Christmas we see vision of decorated Christmas tree, snow covered hills, carolers singing, jingle bells and the evergreens, which are all parts of winter wonder to admire. To give a bright festive look to your home you can use lots of candles, which are available in the market in different shapes and sizes. You can choose Poinsettia and Holy candles scented with pine or bayberry for this festive decoration. A candle will brighten up even a simple Christmas decoration. Nowadays decorating your place has really become easy as you can choose from a wide range of decorative items available in the market. Ranging from artificial Christmas trees, fancy lights, musical decors, stars to wreaths. You can also decorate your place with different kinds of lights because proper kind of lighting gives a bright and colorful look to your décor. Coming to Christmas tree it is very important how you decorate your tree depending on the kind of tree you are opting. Once your tree is selected you can spend time on its decoration part like choosing a particular style and color theme for your tree. For instance a copper theme could use metallic color ribbons, wooden decorations painted in copper, pine cones, a doll theme with miniature dolls and doll furniture, a bird theme with clip on birds, twigs, nests etc. It is your tree and it is up to you to decide on the look. But the best décor is the one that you create; yourself after all the spirit of Christmas is all about being together, loving and sharing.

The various items required to decorate your home this Christmas are as follows:

   * Christmas tree
   * Star
   * Christmas Wreaths
   * Garlands
   * Christmas greenery
   * Christmas ribbons
   * Candles

You can try out these items at home as they are easy to make. So get together the entire family and have your best Christmas ever.

Christmas Tree

Can we think of a Christmas without a Christmas tree? No we can't. It has become an indispensable part of Christmas celebration Christmas tree is regarded as one of the most dominant symbols of the Christmas celebration all over the world. The celebration is incomplete without a Christmas tree. The freshness and aroma of a real Christmas tree have been an integral part of the celebration. The preparation for the celebration usually begins with the selection of the tree and continues till the day of Christ. It is said that the Christmas tree originated in Germany in the 16th century. The very first trees were oak, the same tree used for the Yule Log. Trees have been a symbol of good luck since the Middle Ages. In Germany, whenever someone would build a house, a small evergreen tree would be nailed to the highest beam. Later on they started bringing those trees inside their home during the time of Christmas. It was common for the German people to decorate fir trees, inside and out, with roses, apples, and colored paper during the festive season. The Christmas tree was not widely used in Britain until the 19th century. The Pennsylvania Germans brought it to America in the 1820's. Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. The best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine.

According to legends, the Christmas tree is associated with the birth of Jesus Christ. It is believed that on the night of His birth, all living creatures came to Bethlehem to greet him with gifts. The olive tree came along with its fruit and the palm with its date but the fir had nothing to gift the newborn king. So an angel, taking pity on the fir, commanded a cluster of stars to shine on its beautiful boughs. Baby Jesus smiled on seeing the lighted tree, and blessed it. That's why; the fir tree is always lighted with many decorations on it, to please little children during Christmas. It is also said that the triangular shape of the tree symbolizes the Trinity and points upwards towards the God. While the light, gift and decorations on the Christmas tree mean heaven; love and charity respectively. Even the decorations on the Christmas trees draw their root in traditional values. The crystal balls symbolizes the fruit of redemption, the electric light or the candles are ancient symbols that stand for the triumph of spring over the darkness of winter. The light also symbolizes the light that Jesus Christ cast upon the lives of the people. The Holy, when it flies down to earth, is believed to take the shape of a dove. The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit, while the bell symbolizes the joys of life.

How to Make Christmas Star

For Christmas decorations you require lots of items like dolls, small teddies, pinecones, Christmas tree and star. Instead of buying star from the market you can easily make one at home. For that you need wrapping paper, cardboards and some string. Cut out a huge cardboard star and make a hole on the top. Cover the cardboard with foil for a Silver Star or flashy red paper. Use a brush to paint glue in any pattern on the star and spread the glitter over it. After it dries, dust off the excess glitter. Attach the string and hang the star at the portico, windowsill, Christmas tree or anywhere you wish.

The star symbolizes the star that appeared quite miraculously in the eastern sky on the birth of Jesus Christ. The star is believed to have guided the magi, who were the three wise men from the East to find the newborn king. The star was indeed a strange star and people continue to believe that a miracle had occurred around the time of the birth of Christ. The Christmas star continues to adorn the churches and houses as part of the traditional Christmas celebrations. The star stands for high hopes and ideals, a hope for a good fortune and to reach above oneself. So it is important to decorate your house with stars during Christmas.

Christmas Wreath

No celebration is complete without home decoration. Especially with Christmas home décor is a vital part Christmas, which brings with it all the fun and lively parties in our homes. The snowman, the sounds of the bells, Santa with gifts, music, bands, the colorful procession with many custom wears etc. adds more fun and makes Christmas a very glamorous fest. And for home decoration the use of wreath is very important it is a symbol of hope and is made of evergreen leaves. A bright red ribbon tied around the wreath, with a huge bow gives the additional touch to Christmas décor. You can even add hollies and bells in the wreath. Place the wreath on the mantle or mount it on the wall.

If you do not have a wreath, you can tie together the boughs of any evergreen tree with a red ribbon and place it on the mantle. Add some glitter, ornaments, and hollies along with some cotton to complete the look. You can light candles around the decorated bough or the wreath placed on the table.

Christmas Candles

Lighting Christmas candles is a custom, which is followed by all Christians. This lighting candle is followed in many religions for many different reasons. But when it comes to Christmas, many feel that the candles are symbolic of the sun's light and warmth in the middle of dark winters especially during Winter Solstice (21 or 22 December). Christians see candles as the light of Christ and the lighting of candles on Christmas Eve comes from the Jewish "Feast of Lights" or Hanukkah. Christmas is a festival rich in tradition all the items which are used for decorations have their place in Christmas history.

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