As early as the mid-1880's, using angels as Christmas decorations became widespread. Angles are associated with the Christian culture, but are also known in other religions where angels or beings similar to angels are used as messengers.
As far back as three hundred years ago, glass balls were already used as Christmas decorations. Today, the big, shiny balls of thin plastic or glass are used. They were originally invented in Germany.
To decorate the Christmas tree with Christmas candles is a tradition that dates back to the 16th century – the time when the Christmas tree was first brought into a living room. The candle symbolises life and joy in a dark time, and is perfect for Christmas.
In 1610, tinsel was invented in Germany and was made from genuine silver. Machines that shredded silver into thin tinsel-sized strips were invented. However, since silver tinsel tarnishes and loses its shine over time, people eventually created artificial replacements. It must be noted that the original inventor of tinsel remains unknown.
In many families, Christmas decorating traditions and decorations are passed on from generation to generation. However, every year, new decorations are purchased to replace the old or if new inspiration is needed.
If you want to freshen up old Christmas decorations, it's a good idea to think about a new theme each year. One year, you can choose to focus on Santa Claus' workshop when making the Christmas decorations; the following year, you can choose the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
For the next year, you can, for example, choose a winter landscape as inspiration for the decorations.