Have you ever stopped to think about why you hang a wreath on your front door, kiss under the mistletoe or bake gingerbread cookies? All of our favorite symbols of the holidays have secret symbolism behind them that goes back further than family traditions.
Which one will surprise you the most?
While they may help to spread cheer on your front door, Christians believed that wreaths represented thorns worn by Jesus and the tiny red berries represented his blood.
2. Candy Canes
These delicious peppermint treats have more meaning than you would think. Many believe that the white represents purity, while the red represents the blood Jesus shed. The shape is supposed to be the staff of the Good Shepherd.
We all know the custom of kissing under the mistletoe, but why do we do it? Since mistletoe survives by attaching itself to a tree, Christians use it to represent how humans only exist because of God.
4. Christmas Tree
As one of the most recognized symbols of Christmas, this holiday decoration is brought into the homes of many Americans because it is believed that evergreens would keep away evil spirits and illness.
Legend has it that a father of three daughters had a tough time providing for his girls. After St. Nicolas heard about his situation, he decided to climb down the family's chimney and filled the girls' stocking with gold coins. Did you just get a lump of coal in your stocking last year? Me too.