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12.10.2019

The Colors of Christmas + the Story behind the gown


Hi everyone,

Nowadays a Christmas tree decorations and colors is very trendy and I love it. My first Christmas tree as a married woman was a mixed of bold & glittery pinks and purples. Seven years later, 2019 Christmas colors are dusty pink and minty green. But that will never take away the power and the charm of a traditional Christmas tree. Let us remember those traditional Christmas colors and what they stand for.




Most the colors and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it's dark and cold.

Green
Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn't last forever!

The Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a sign of good luck. The ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches into their houses during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn't read. The 'Paradise Tree' in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

Now the most common use of green at Christmas are Christmas Trees.

Red
As mentioned above, an early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays.

Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.

Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas and then also became Santa's uniform!


Gold
Gold is the color of the Sun and light - both very important in the dark winter. And both red and gold are the colors of fire that you need to keep you warm.

Gold was also one of the presents brought to the baby Jesus by one of the wise men and traditionally it's the color used to show the star that the wise men followed.

Silver is sometimes used instead of (or with) gold. But gold is a 'warmer' color.





White
White is often associated with purity and peace in western cultures. The snow of winter is also very white!

White paper wafers were also sometimes used to decorate paradise trees. The wafers represented the bread eaten during Christian Communion or Mass, when Christians remember that Jesus died for them.

White is used by most churches as the color of Christmas, when the altar is covered with a white cloth (in the Russian Orthodox Church Gold is used for Christmas).

Blue
The color blue is often associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus. In medieval times blue dye and paint was more expensive than gold! So it would only be worn by Royal families and very rich people. Mary was often painted wearing blue to show she was very important.

Blue can also represent the color of the sky and heaven.

Purple
During Advent, purple and sometimes blue is used in most churches for the color of the altar cloth (in the Russian Orthodox Church red is used for advent).




And the story behind the gown.... 👧👧👧
Improvisation made on set. So we needed the bartender on board to make things work. We loved the dress but it was at least 3 sizes bigger :-). And since he is more on the petite side, it was easy for him to hold the gown behind me without being noticed. 

Outfit Details:
Gown, clutch, statement earrings and bracelet @attitudebylory

Thanks for stopping by.

XoXo,

Moumous

Source : Why Christmas

Photo Credit @vonvonphotography

Linking Up with those wonderful ladies here

16 comments:

  1. Haha! Love the behind the scene shots! One would never know!
    Thanks for the lowdown on the colors of Christmas. Interesting!

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    1. lol - they took the pictures while in actions and showed it to me afterwards. I thought it was fun enough to share :-)

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  2. This was interesting to read about the different colors. I need color in the Winter as it becomes quite grey. Your dress is soooo stunning on you, very glamorous!
    thanks for linking!
    Happy Holidays
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  3. Moumous, this was a super fun lesson in Christmas colors. You look absolutely stunning in this gorgeous red dress and then I laughed right out loud about the behind the dress story! So fabulous!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  4. This dress is absolutely stunning on you! Thanks for linking up with the Style Six!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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  5. Gorgeous red dress! I love how you improvised for the photos with a little help!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thank you Emma - I had to find a way to make it work :-)

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  6. Love the way you made things work!
    And thanks for the insight into the colors of Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Michele - I wanted to share coz sometimes what we see is not actually what it is in reality lool

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  7. I would never guess the behing the scene and the help of the bartender. Gorgeous dress.....

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    1. lol- way too big - but I had to make it work

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  8. How funny you had someone to help hold the dress up behind you to look better in photos, haha! :)

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