Year-round Festivals Series 47 – Christmas – 6 Christmas Symbols and what they mean Part 2
The Nutcracker🌰

According to German folklore, the Nutcracker is seen as the gatekeeper who brings luck to the family. They represent strength and power to protect the family. Around 1865, German woodworkers began selling nutcrackers for the first time, based on a story from a children’s picture book. In 1892, a Russian composer adapted the story into the world-famous ballet The Nutcracker. As the ballet was set on Christmas Eve, the hero of the story, the Nutcracker, came to life. The product was quickly associated with Christmas symbols.

Christmas Bells 🔔

In ancient times, when people didn’t wear clocks or read calendars, bells were rung to call villagers and townspeople to worship in churches. For centuries, bells have been rung to announce the arrival of Christmas. The ringing of the bells symbolised the news of Christ’s birth, when the angels were praising God from heaven.

Doves 🕊️

In Christianity, the dove symbolises deliverance and God’s forgiveness. It is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit, which comes from the Bible. Forgiveness and peace are also the spirit of Christmas, so the dove is also the symbol of Christmas.


It was not until the 17th century that Christmas red was first associated with Christmas. The Franciscan priests in Taxco first used the shrub in the Nativity procession. Poinsettia was thus honoured as the flower of the Holy Night.

Red and green 💚❤️

At Christmas, we see a lot of decorations in red and green. Whether it’s a Christmas tree covered in red ribbons, red and green candies and evergreen wreaths, red and green are the theme colours of Christmas: red represents the blood of Jesus Christ, and green represents the leaves of the evergreen tree, which symbolises eternal life.

Christmas snow globe 🔮

Because crystal ball toys are made to capture the most beautiful moments, during Christmas we often see crystal ball snow scenes of the birth of a baby Jesus and Santa Claus delivering presents on a snow deer. The crystal ball captures the most touching moments and is therefore one of the most popular decorations in the home during the Christmas season.

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Year-round Festivals Series 46 – Christmas – 6 Christmas Symbols and what they mean


Christmas Trees

The evergreen tree is often used as a Christmas tree. There is a touching and popular story about the emergence of the Christmas tree, inspired by an artist’s prints: One late evening, the German Reformer Martin Luther was walking in the forest near his home. As he looked up, he saw stars twinkling in the branches of a cedar tree. Inspired, he cut down a small fir tree, erected it in his house, and placed a lit candle between the branches. His little creation made the room look bright and beautiful, and made the family see the light of salvation that Jesus was born to bring to those in darkness. Starting in Germany, the Christmas tree became an important symbol of Christmas in Europe and America.


Christmas Star ⭐️

The star on the Christmas tree is known as the Star of Bethlehem, symbolising the fact that in the Bible the Three Wise Men of the East were led by a new star in the sky to Jesus Christ, who was born in a manger. The star thus represents the hope of all mankind. The story of Matthew has been confirmed by historians.


Christmas Wreath 🏵️

In ancient times, a tree branch folded into a circle represented joy, victory, perfection and unity, as well as the warmth and permanence of the sun. Later, the evergreen wreath became a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his ultimate victory over death, thus representing eternal life.


Red-Nosed Reindeer🔴

The red-nosed reindeer is a fictional animal with a glowing red nose, often referred to as Santa’s ninth and youngest reindeer. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is teased and ridiculed by the other reindeer because of his rare glowing red nose. One Christmas Eve, when Santa Claus is caught in a blizzard while delivering presents, the red-nosed reindeer’s glowing nose serves as a guide for Santa to deliver the presents, enabling everyone to complete their mission. Created by an American retailer, this story is a popular cartoon character that has become popular because of the importance of Christmas, and encourages children to accept each other’s differences and differences.


Christmas Robins

We often see a red robin in the snow on Christmas cards, which is also a symbol of Christmas. The tiny robin is a symbol of resilience in the cold winter months. The tradition began in Victorian times, when postmen of the Royal Mail wore bright red uniforms and delivered these cards at Christmas, earning them the name ‘robin’ or ‘red-breasted’. Artists painted red robins on Christmas cards instead of postmen delivering letters, and the trend continued as a theme for Christmas merchandise.


Candy Cane🍫

The red and white hook-shaped candy canes often seen at Christmas were originally designed to keep children quiet in church, and in 1670 a German choir leader commissioned a candy shop to make sweets for the children in their church to keep them quiet. The candies were made in the image of a shepherd’s staff, a long stick with a hook at the top. The shepherd used the rod to rescue or drive the sheep back into the flock. The rod symbolises the story of Jesus Christ as a shepherd. The interesting red and white hook shape has also become a popular Christmas symbol.

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