Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without all the Christmas lights and sparkles, synonymous with this festive time of year. But do you ever stop to wonder where the tradition of lighting up your tree or house with colourful lights comes from? Cilleste van Dyk delves deeper.
The custom of lighting a Christmas tree dates back to an early German tradition, where German Christians decorated Christmas trees with candles to symbolize Christ as being the light of the world and were displayed publicly.
Illuminating Christmas trees with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century and by the mid-20th century it became customary to display strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings. By the late 20th century, the custom had also been adopted in Non-Western countries/regions, notably in Japan and Hong Kong. Throughout Christendom, Christmas lights continue to retain its symbolism of Jesus as the light of the world.
“Light of the World” is a phrase Jesus used to describe himself and his disciples in the New Testament. The phrase is recorded in the Gospel of John and again in the Gospel of Matthew.
In John 8:12 Jesus applies the title to himself while debating with the Jews and states: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus also used the term to refer to his disciples in Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
So, when you decorate your Christmas tree or house with Christmas lights this December remember its symbolism and try to be the light that shines before man like a true disciple of Christ.
Source: Mental Floss http://mentalfloss.com
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