Though varies per countries and regions, Christmas celebrations normally start on 1st November, soon after the Halloween celebrations. While snow white, pine green and heart red forms the traditional colours of Christmas, the common icons of Christmas include Santa Claus, Baby Jesus, Star of Bethlehem and Jingle Bells. Greenery is also part of Christmas celebrations as the most popular ones are Holly leaves, Ivy Leaves, mistletoe, red amaryllis, and Christmas cactus. Decorations differ as per counties as they depending on the civilizations and each of them have been associated with plenty of traditions. Decorating Christmas tree is customary of Christmas in every country though its roots can be dated back to Germany to 16th century. There are plenty of superstitions that are associated with Christmas decorations such as the removal of Christmas decorations on the 12th day of Christmas. It is also believed that singing Christmas during any other time other than the Christmas season is regarded unlucky. Read further to know more about Christmas decorations superstitions.
Popular Myths & Beliefs
There are plenty of superstitions that are associated with Christmas decorations. Read on to know to get some tips on these superstitions.
Christmas Decorations Superstitions
- It is said that the houses were decorated on Christmas Eve to prevent the danger from capricious forces.
- There should be no lights in the houses before the first star appears.
- It is not allowed to bring the Christmas tree into the house before 24 December.
- The Christmas trees must be decorated only after children go to bed.
- In Germany, the last ornament which is put on the tree is a pickle shaped ornament. The child who finds the ornament in the morning receives a special present.
- As per traditions, the houses keep their doors opened on Christmas eve to chase away the evil spirits.
- One should leave Christmas candle burn all through the night to enlighten the path of good luck in the coming year.
- There was a tradition that the first person who wakes up on the day of Christmas shouts ‘Welcome Old Father Christmas’.
- On the day of Christmas, sweeping the doorsteps is said to clear out the trouble for the next year.
- It is believed that the first person who visits the houses on a Christmas day must bring coals or evergreen with them. He is also privileged to kiss all the women in the household. They are served with a drink and kids are given lucky coins.
- It is believed that the Christmas decorations must be removed on the 12th day of Christmas Eve. In some countries, it is not removed until the Feast of Grand Candle Mass which falls on the 2nd of February.
- Some countries believe that keeping Christmas celebrations after the Twelfth night brings bad luck in the coming year. Even the remnants of greenery must be removed and kids must gather all the yuletide decorations.
- There are some countries which consider January 6 as the date to remove the Christmas decorations. It is regarded back luck for keep the things for another day or remove it before that date.
- It is customary to keep an angel or a star on the top most portion of the Christmas tree as it represents a host of angles or star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.
- The customary use of greenery – be it holly, mistletoe or ivy is believed to bring luck to the household.
- Having a loud cheer party on the day of Christmas is said to remove all the evil spirits.
- It is believed that singing Christmas carols at any time other than Christmas season is regarded unlucky.
- It is not considered fair to send the Christmas carolers empty-handed, irrespective of the way they sung. It is believed to bring bad luck to the house.
- During nineteenth century, it is believed that people must east Christmas cake on Christmas Eve. It is regarded unlucky to cut the cake before the sun came up on Christmas Eve. People must also save a little bit of cake for the day of Christmas.
- It was considered lucky to bring green branches to ensure vegetarian returns at the end of winter. It is also believed that it must not be brought in and decorated prior to 24 December to prevent capricious forces.
- While removing a Christmas tree, one must not throw away a Christmas tree outside, instead it must be burned to chase away the mischievous spirits.
- There are people who believed that if a Christmas tree is not decorated, it attracts evil spirits and brings bad luck to the family. It is also believed that it causes the delay of spring.
There are plenty of superstitions on the run regarding Christmas superstitions. While some have gone with the time, others still exist. Hope this article familiarizes you with some of these superstitions.