Everyone associates Christmas with the colors red and green but most people do not really know why those two colors are associated with this holiday. There are a number of reasons some of which are regional but over all green represents life, something that people need reminding of especially during the harsh winters where in times past things were most difficult. The red association came a bit later and showed up after Christmas started to become a holiday that had religious associations to the Christian faith. Red is said to represent the blood of Christ and His sacrifice for us.. Others say that while the red represents the blood of Christ the green represents the hope of eternal life that is offered to everyone with His coming.
There are some who say that the tradition of green and red comes from the holly, which has green, leaves and red berries during the winter season again showing a symbol of life even in dark and cold times. The evergreen color of the leaves surviving the harsh environment of winter and the berries, which symbolize the rebirth, the next generation are perfect examples of why these colors are part of the tradition of Christmas.
There are a number of different theories as to why red and green are used as Christmas colors. It is not hard to take these theories and condense them into a single word: Life.
Think back to when winters were a time of fear for people. This was because there was little food, it was cold and for many impossible to stay warm. There was an increase in illness and death. It was a harsh season. However, even amid all of this there was evidence of life. Green trees, as green as if it were spring and berries though inedible were living and being created in the harsh environment of winter. This was a sign and symbol of hope to people that though it was harsh and there was much to be afraid of that spring would come again and bring with it the renewal of life to the land. These green and red plants were the symbol that though the world appeared to be barren and devoid of life, it was only an appearance and not an actuality.
In the same vein, when life and hope seem devoid in the Seasons of our life, it is the hope of Jesus that brings life and light to the dark times in our lives.
And who can't think of red and green without smile at the thought of Christmas festivities. Ask a child his or her favorite color and they'll more than likely say red or green. And for good reason. These colors are festive and make people happy, help to perk up Spirits and bring a general sense of good times. These are colors that just seem to make even people who do not favor them smile. As a result, they are the perfect colors for the Christmas time of year. Not only do they pull together the belief of eternal life and the religious elements of the blood of Christ but they represent hope that life is waiting for the proper time to be renewed and they make people happy and fill them with a sense of good tidings.
All in all, it seems that these colors are perfect for the holiday. Find Shellie on Google+