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Title: Christmas Symbols


1
Christmas Symbols
  • Their History Their Meaning

2
Christmas Tree
  • Evergreen trees have been a symbol since pagan
    times in England and France that winter would
    come to an end.
  • The first decorations used were candles, apples,
    paper roses, candy, and cookies.
  • A star on the top represents the Bethlehem star
    when Jesus was born.

3
Candy Cane
  • The first candy canes were a solid white color
    and straight.
  • The earliest crooked candy canes appeared in
    Germany in 1670.
  • Striped candy canes werent made until after
    1900.

4
Candles
  • Candles represent lightto light the way for
    others.
  • They were first used as lights on the Christmas
    tree.

5
Poinsettia
  • The first U.S. ambassador to Mexico brought this
    flower to the U.S. in 1825. His name was Dr. J.
    R. Poinsett.
  • They are associated with Christmas because of a
    Mexican legend.

6
Bells
  • Bells are rung to make announcements or for
    celebrations.
  • The first bells were made in China.
  • Some people wear clothing with little bells
    attached to them.

7
Santa Claus
  • In Holland, Dutch children believed Sinter Klaas
    would fill their wooden shoes with candy and
    treats.
  • When many Dutch people settled in America,
    Sinter Klaas became Santa Clause, someone who
    brings toys and treats to children who have been
    good all year.

8
Angels
  • Angels are a traditional part of most religions.
  • Some people like to decorate their homes and
    trees with angels.

9
Nutcrackers
  • Nutcrackers can be used as a tool to open or
    crack nuts.
  • Wooden figures became popular in the 16th century
    in Europe.
  • The soldier figure is the most popular figure.

10
Carols
  • Caroling began in medieval times when people
    would sing and dance. Early carols werent
    considered holy enough to sing inside a church
    and so people sung outside.
  • Music is a special part of the Christmas season
    around the world.

11
Stockings
  • These are associated with Sinter Klaas, who
    wanted to remain anonymous and help a poor
    family. He threw gold coins down their chimney
    and they fell into a stocking that was hanging
    their to dry.

12
Christmas Cards
  • Cards are used to send notes of good wishes.
  • The custom of sending Christmas cards began in
    1843 in England.
  • The British post office used to deliver cards on
    Christmas morning.

13
Mistletoe
  • Mistletoe remains green throughout the year.
  • It is a custom to hang a piece of it in a doorway
    and people can kiss each other while standing
    under the mistletoe.

14
Food
  • The tradition of cookies began in Roman times
    when people gave sweet cakes to their senators.
  • Gingerbread houses have been made since the
    1300s.
  • Hot wassail is a popular drink at Christmas.

15
St. Nicholas
  • St. Nicholas was a real person.
  • He was a kind bishop who brought presents to
    children and needy people.

16
Wreath
  • In ancient Rome, wreaths were used as signs of
    victory.
  • There are two kinds of holiday wreathsthe advent
    wreath and decorative wreath.

17
Holly
  • Holly is a spiny-leafed shrub with red berries
    that remains green throughout the year.
  • Since pagan times it has been a symbol that
    winter would end.
  • French and English families hung holly over their
    doors to symbolize that their family celebrated
    Christs birth.

18
Lights
  • Lights represent Jesus as the Light of the
    World.
  • Lights also represent twinkling stars.

19
Gifts
  • Gifts were brought to the baby Jesus by the wise
    men.
  • It has become a tradition to give gifts as
    Christmas.

20
Nativity
  • The nativity represents the birth of Jesus.
    Animals are usually part of a nativity scene.
  • The scene was first created in 1224 by St.
    Francis in Italy.

21
Sources
  • http//www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christma
    s/christmas-symbols/index.html
  • http//z.about.com/d/homeschooling/
  • Lets Celebrate Christmas by Peter and Connie
    Roop
  • Holly, Reindeer, and Colored Lights The Story
    of the Christmas Symbols by Edna Barth
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Title: Christmas Symbols


1
Christmas Symbols
  • Their History Their Meaning

2
Christmas Tree
  • Evergreen trees have been a symbol since pagan
    times in England and France that winter would
    come to an end.
  • The first decorations used were candles, apples,
    paper roses, candy, and cookies.
  • A star on the top represents the Bethlehem star
    when Jesus was born.

3
Candy Cane
  • The first candy canes were a solid white color
    and straight.
  • The earliest crooked candy canes appeared in
    Germany in 1670.
  • Striped candy canes werent made until after
    1900.

4
Candles
  • Candles represent lightto light the way for
    others.
  • They were first used as lights on the Christmas
    tree.

5
Poinsettia
  • The first U.S. ambassador to Mexico brought this
    flower to the U.S. in 1825. His name was Dr. J.
    R. Poinsett.
  • They are associated with Christmas because of a
    Mexican legend.

6
Bells
  • Bells are rung to make announcements or for
    celebrations.
  • The first bells were made in China.
  • Some people wear clothing with little bells
    attached to them.

7
Santa Claus
  • In Holland, Dutch children believed Sinter Klaas
    would fill their wooden shoes with candy and
    treats.
  • When many Dutch people settled in America,
    Sinter Klaas became Santa Clause, someone who
    brings toys and treats to children who have been
    good all year.

8
Angels
  • Angels are a traditional part of most religions.
  • Some people like to decorate their homes and
    trees with angels.

9
Nutcrackers
  • Nutcrackers can be used as a tool to open or
    crack nuts.
  • Wooden figures became popular in the 16th century
    in Europe.
  • The soldier figure is the most popular figure.

10
Carols
  • Caroling began in medieval times when people
    would sing and dance. Early carols werent
    considered holy enough to sing inside a church
    and so people sung outside.
  • Music is a special part of the Christmas season
    around the world.

11
Stockings
  • These are associated with Sinter Klaas, who
    wanted to remain anonymous and help a poor
    family. He threw gold coins down their chimney
    and they fell into a stocking that was hanging
    their to dry.

12
Christmas Cards
  • Cards are used to send notes of good wishes.
  • The custom of sending Christmas cards began in
    1843 in England.
  • The British post office used to deliver cards on
    Christmas morning.

13
Mistletoe
  • Mistletoe remains green throughout the year.
  • It is a custom to hang a piece of it in a doorway
    and people can kiss each other while standing
    under the mistletoe.

14
Food
  • The tradition of cookies began in Roman times
    when people gave sweet cakes to their senators.
  • Gingerbread houses have been made since the
    1300s.
  • Hot wassail is a popular drink at Christmas.

15
St. Nicholas
  • St. Nicholas was a real person.
  • He was a kind bishop who brought presents to
    children and needy people.

16
Wreath
  • In ancient Rome, wreaths were used as signs of
    victory.
  • There are two kinds of holiday wreathsthe advent
    wreath and decorative wreath.

17
Holly
  • Holly is a spiny-leafed shrub with red berries
    that remains green throughout the year.
  • Since pagan times it has been a symbol that
    winter would end.
  • French and English families hung holly over their
    doors to symbolize that their family celebrated
    Christs birth.

18
Lights
  • Lights represent Jesus as the Light of the
    World.
  • Lights also represent twinkling stars.

19
Gifts
  • Gifts were brought to the baby Jesus by the wise
    men.
  • It has become a tradition to give gifts as
    Christmas.

20
Nativity
  • The nativity represents the birth of Jesus.
    Animals are usually part of a nativity scene.
  • The scene was first created in 1224 by St.
    Francis in Italy.

21
Sources
  • http//www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christma
    s/christmas-symbols/index.html
  • http//z.about.com/d/homeschooling/
  • Lets Celebrate Christmas by Peter and Connie
    Roop
  • Holly, Reindeer, and Colored Lights The Story
    of the Christmas Symbols by Edna Barth
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