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Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations come in several different types and are used during the Christmas period. They tend to come in the traditional colours of Christmas which are pine green, snow white, and heart red. Christmas decorations in blue and white are used to represent winter, or sometimes Hanukkah, which happens around the same time. Christmas decorations in gold and silver are also very popular as are many other metallic colours. Typical subjects of the Christmas holiday include Santa Claus, Jesus, the star of Bethlehem, and the Christian cross with typical winter icons including snowflakes, snowmen and icicles.

The most popular Christmas decoration is the Christmas tree which is often explained as a Christianization of pagan tradition and ritual surrounding the winter solstice. This includes the use of evergreen boughs, and an adaptation of pagan tree worship. The English language phrase of "Christmas tree" was first recorded in 1835 and represents an importation from the German language. The Christmas tree tradition is believed to have begun in Germany in the 18th century although many argue that Martin Luther began the tradition in the 16th century. The custom of the Christmas tree was introduced to England firstly via Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, and later and more successfully by Prince Albert during the reign of Queen Victoria. Around the same time, German immigrants introduced the custom to America. Christmas trees are usually decorated with festive lights and ornaments.

There are many different types of Christmas decorations used in many different countries depending on the traditions and available resources.

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