Today I want to talk about Christmas colors. If I asked you to list typical Christmas colors, you would probably say red, green, white, silver, and gold. Each year there are new trends. For 2014 I found everything from "exciting and bold" in purple, pink, turquoise, red, and emerald green to "tranquil" like in a white tree decorated with pastel colors. It's funny. My tree used to be silver and blue for a long time, just because I liked the color combination, had someone asked me for Christmas colors, though, I would have said red and green, no doubt. It seems trends can't really take that out of our heads, but why?
Evergreen has always been important for people in winter. They used it to decorate their houses to brighten them up and to remind them there would be new green in spring. That's why we connect a dark green with Christmas instead of an apple green, for example.
Red stands for Jesus' blood in first place. In medieval times there were plays on Christmas telling the story of Adam and Eve. Pine trees were put up and decorated with red apples. Holly berries are bright red. Bishops wore red. White is often associated with innocence, peace, and purity, but also with winter and snow. Gold was one of the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to Jesus when he was born, and a golden star guided them there.
Silver seems even brighter than gold, but doesn't feel that warm as a color. I would guess the reason for it to be a Christmas color is that it is often used with or instead of gold.
Today however is about the darker Christmas green as that was the topic for our JAC Oldies but Goodies Challenge that you can find here. The items didn't necessarily have to be "christmassy" in their design and of course there are different kinds of green, too.