How did Christmas symbols become associated with Christmas?

Christmas is much more than Santa Claus


Many symbols that are associated with Christmas. These include Christmas trees, candy canes, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia plants, stars on top of the tree,nativity scenes and — last but not least — Santa Claus.

One might ask how these symbols became associated with Christmas.

The nativity scene is obvious of how it became associated with Christmas. The nativity scene represents the birth of Jesus. Many nativity scenes have Joseph, Mary, and Jesus along the three wise men,shepherds, angels and farm animals.

Stars also have a religious background of how they became associated with Christmas. People originally put a star on the top of their Christmas tree to represent the star of bethlehem. The star of bethlehem was what led the wise men to find baby Jesus.By putting the star on top of the tree, it is supposed to represent guidance throught the season and through the year.

The poinsettia plant has been a symbol of Christmas in the US since 1820. The poinsettia plant is native to Central America. The plant reminded a minister of the star of Bethlehem, so it became a tradition to have the plants in the church during the Christmas Season.

Candy canes became famous for the Christmas holiday in Europe. It was very popular to decorate one’s tree with edible items. Along with candy canes, cookies and candies were also put and hung on trees. Because of this, candy canes became a regular holiday treat and symbol. Some people also associate the candy cane with the staffs of the shepherd’s who came to visit Jesus when he was born.

The tradition of hanging the mistletoe in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids. It is supposed to possess mystical powers which brings good luck to the household and wards off evil spirits. Mistletoe is also used as a sign of love and friendship in mythology and that is where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.

Probably the most well-known thing associated with Christmas is Santa Claus. Santa Claus is based off of a man who lived in what is now modern-day Turkey in the 3rd or 4th century. During Christmas time, he would buy and deliver gifts to the poor.

Because of Santa Claus, Christmas stocking also became famous. One orphan child that Santa delivered to had left his one of his stocking out and St. Nick put candy in it. After that, many children began to leave their stockings out by their fireplace.

While these are some interpretations of Christmas figures, there are many more. There are many websites online which provide different explanations for each Christmas symbol.