Christmas & Ceremonial Decoration
The Christmas tree has a long history that is both Pagan and Christian. With its cultural foundations in Norse pagan nature worship – branches or trees were bought inside homes and decorated with candles, apples and other shiny objects. Evergreen trees were believed to have special power to ward off dark magic because they kept their leaves in winter. The Germanic people placed wreaths and branches at doors and windows for protection against malevolent spirits. During the conversions many European pagan traditions were accepted into Christianity. St Boniface cut down an Oak tree (the tree of Odin) and convinced the northern people that the Yule Tree (Fir/Pine tree) was the tree of Christ. With the marriage of Princess Victoria to her cousin, Prince Albert of Germany (1848), the custom of the Christmas tree came to England and was celebrated in Windsor Palace from that time on. The creative Victorians loved the Christmas tree with all its special Christian beliefs; nativity stories and gift giving, they added many more decorations. The Christmas tree and its historical decorations (apples and candles) now came to represent the Tree of Knowledge in the Gardened of Eden. Today the Christmas tree can be found in homes across the world with beautifully crafted decorations that hold special meanings.
Bells have long been the used by shaman of many cultures to scare of dark and negative energies. Bells are used in ceremonies to clear away unpleasant spirits or stagnant signatures/traces of people that have gone from this life or are still present. Shifting into a new house may requires a clearing of both bells (or other pervading sounds) and a smudge stick – these are believed to clear a house of energies that flowed around the previous tenants. People of many cultures are known to have used bells for scaring away anything that seems out of normal state of living, even harsh winds or weather patterns that seemed malicious to their well-being. Bells are also used to call people in Christian Churches for prayer and celebrate weddings. Bells are also used for practical purposes like calling children into school or some public transport such as trams. Bells are used in ceremonial dances of many cultures to celebrate joy and happiness.
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