Christmas decorations have been around longer than Christmas itself. Decorations were hung in ancient descriptions of the Roman feast of Saturnalia, which is thought to have originated in the 5th century BC. Saturnalia, the most popular holiday on the ancient Roman calendar, derived from older farming-related rituals of midwinter and the winter solstice, especially the practice of offering gifts or sacrifices to the gods during the winter sowing season. Before the end of the fourth century, many of the traditions of Saturnalia—including giving gifts, singing, lighting candles, feasting and merrymaking—had become absorbed by the traditions of Christmas as many of us know them today. Christmas decorations as we know them today had their origins in 16th century Germany.
Christmas decorations are going up all over the place. Some are very simple while others are quite elaborate. They are fun and festive no matter how they are displayed though. I love seeing all the decorations all around. Here are some fun and festive decorations I have seen while out and about. Some people are very creative and really get into the spirit of the season.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a safe and Happy Holiday season. ‘Til Next time.