Unlike other religious holidays, the birth of Baby Jesus is usually associated with certain traditional Christmas colors and color schemes. These are particularly appropriate for conservative people, who think of the meaning of Christmas colors and would like to preserve them just the way they are.
Red is without doubt one of the shades that first come to our minds when we think of Christmas colors. Its strong association with Christmas is yet unclear, even though there have been many possible explanations. According to some, red is preferred in Christmas color schemes because it is the color of blood and it symbolizes Christ’s sacrifice. Others think the red shade was unanimously adopted for Christmas because it used to be a royal color, as well as the color of Bishops’ capes and it is the only one that can represents Jesus Christ’s divine nature.
Next to red, green is the most used and beloved Christmas color. It reminds people of spring, resurrection and eternal life, the sacred gifts that Christ gave Christians. It is also the color of the Christmas tree, which is why the two seem to go hand in hand.
I think Frank Sinatra speaks for everyone when he wishes for a “White Christmas”. This shade is usually associated with winter holidays and Christmas because snow is white, too. It is also the color of purity and people think it symbolizes the innocence of Baby Jesus.
- Gold and Silver
Gold and its more affordable substitute, silver, are the two most popular and desired precious materials. Gold was also one of the gifts that one of the three wise men brought to Baby Jesus on the night of His birth as a sign of his royal origin. Since then, it has become one of the most used traditional Christmas colors and color schemes because it reminds us of the Christmas star.
Blue is probably one of the most inexplicable color choices for Christmas and yet, we often find it on Christmas trees and stockings. To understand it, we must look at the status of the blue color when Jesus Christ was born. Historians say this shade was very expensive and it was only the rich that could afford it. This is why most depictions of Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus use various shades of blue.
Now that you know the traditional Christmas colors and color schemes it will be easier to decorate your house for the winter holidays. The meaning of the Christmas colors need not be the only ones dictating your choices; you should also consider the visual impact of your Christmas color scheme.
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