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The Hidden Symbolism behind your favorite Christmas Decorations

Wreaths: Christians believe wreaths represent thorns worn by Jesus and the tiny red berries represent his blood

Candy Canes: The origin of this holiday staple, say the white represents purity, the red represents Jesus bloodshed, and the shape is supposed to be the staff of the Good Shepherd

Christmas Trees: Of all holiday decorations, the tree is the most iconic. The tradition started, because in many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away evil spirits and illness, according to history

Gingerbread Men: According to the Catholic Church, these cookies are intended to remind us of when God created Adam in the Garden of Eden, and therefore his creation of all of us

Bells: Since bells are traditionally rung at the beginning of mass in Catholic services, they’ve naturally become a part of Christmas décor over the years

Mistle Toe: Since mistletoe survives by attaching itself to a tree (and would die without the tree), to Christians it represents how humans only exist because of God

Holly: Legend says that the berries on this plant were originally white, but that the blood Christ shed stained them red forever, which is why it is now a common Christmas decoration

Tinsel: This metallic decoration symbolizes light and is hung on a Christmas tree to make sure darkness has no power during the holiday season

Stockings: Legend says a widowed father to three girls was having a tough time providing for his daughters. After St. Nicolas heard about his situation, he decided to climb down the family’s chimney and filled the girl’s stockings with gold coins

 Christmas Gifts: The inspiration behind giving and receiving gifts on Christmas started when the wise men brought their gold, frankincense, and myrrh to honor Jesus being born. Now it is a way to share joy amongst loved ones