Hi you all! The last month of 2012 is with us and the Christmas and New Year is approaching us. Most everywhere, decorations are, or have already, starting to pop up all around, and the anticipation is slowing, contagiously affecting the rest. While awaiting the arrival of the Season of Joy, Awesome Penang would like to share with you another Things You Might Not Know about the most common decorative item of the Christmas season – the beloved Christmas Tree. For style and remembrance of the ancient origins of this precious tradition, we shall do, or attempt to do, the article in Old English.
- O ye merry folk, ‘tis known, in fact, in days of old, when the countryman sought shelter from the freezing winds of cold, during the dark nights of winter snow, to bring in a tree, an evergreen or so, to preserve the life essence from the cold and chill, in their home next spring until, so that life would never die, and ever-prosper.
- Thus the tradition, picked up by folks, of Christ believing and God worshipping, for to them the tree, evergreen and ever lush, of their Saviour reminded them, so many centuries ago, who promised life everlasting, and death defying. ‘Tis became an item, in every house and hold, for every Christmas the tree by stood, within their walls made of stone and wood. And children came to pass it on and thus it has been so all along.
- ‘Twas custom of old, for fear of bad luck, that the tree by stood, when precise clock hand struck, between the 23rd day of the twelve month, and till the Twelve Days of Christmas ‘twas it remove thus.
- Atop of the tree clad in ornaments, lit with lights and sparkling like jewels, a five point star or an angel in white, ‘twas placed for all who gazed with their sight, the symbolic splendor of Christmas, the hope in the dark cold nights.
- In the land of Russia, across the cold tundra of desolation, on ban the tree was, due to some October Revolution. Later in 1935, the tree was reinstated, however the New Year it was renamed. And atop the tree instead, stood the Red Star. Decorated with airplanes and cosmonauts and characters of Russian tales, the tradition held on, until past the fall of the USSR, for most of the Russian folk, to this day forth.
For Christians and non-Christians, the Christmas tree has become an icon, a symbol that brings people of all walks of life together. So, for all out there, whether or not you celebrate Christmas, secularly or religiously, merry December to you all!