17 Dec Christmas Color Palette Collection
Did you know? The tradition of Christmas wreaths is said to have begun in Germany in the 1500s, by Lutherans, and the idea possibly stems from the use of wreaths in Ancient Greek and Roman times, that were used to crown those with significant achievements or community rank or placed on their door. (Source)
Red and green might be best known for their association with Christmas, but as it turns out, they were first linked to a different holiday: the winter solstice. (The history of the Christmas tree has roots in the winter solstice too.) Centuries ago, ancient Celtic people believed that holly plants brought beauty and good fortune in the middle of winter. As such, they’d regularly outfit their homes with the red and green plants as a way to promote a prosperous new year.
Both the ancient Egyptians and Romans saw the bright hue of evergreen plants as a way to give warmth and hope to people during the winter, according to History.com.
Some cool facts about reindeer:
- Both the males and females grow antlers.
- Their noses are specially designed to warm the air before it gets to their lungs.
- Reindeer hooves expand in summer when the ground is soft and shrink in winter when the ground is hard.
- Some subspecies have knees that make a clicking noise when they walk so the animals can stay together in a blizzard.
Each Christmas ornament tells a story and allows the family to celebrate each milestone, reflect on vacations, pastimes, hobbies, and interests. Each family’s Christmas tree tells a unique and beautiful story that is special to them. Traditional ornament collections are passed down from generation to generation. The next time you walk into a friend’s house, ask about the story of their ornaments and you may uncover a lovely story.
As early as 500 BC, the Mayans were drinking chocolate made from ground-up cocoa seeds mixed with water, cornmeal, and chili peppers (as well as other ingredients)—a much different version from the hot chocolate we know today. They would mix the drink by pouring it back and forth from a cup to a pot until a thick foam developed, and then enjoy the beverage cold.
(These images were gathered from Sherwin-Williams and Unsplash)
Writer Bio: Crystal Amsberry
Crystal is the Lean Management Assistant at Amsberry’s Painting. She loves leading a high school youth group at her church, calligraphy and design, music/musical theatre, hiking, and enjoying all that the PNW has to offer.
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