This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on Celebrating Christmas Traditions - Christmas Carols & Christmas Trees. The total number of slides in the presentations is 46. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The word “Carol” means to dance to something or sing a song of praise and joy! Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones.
Soon after this, many composers all over Europe started to write 'Christmas carols'. Not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn't understand.
The earliest carol, was written in 1410. Sadly, only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling.
Christmas music today, features all sorts of seasonal music from the religious to the secular, from the serious to the comical. Carol singing is very popular in churches and makes up some of the most beautiful music ever created. Communities and individuals alike encourage Christmas music to be celebrated as an integral part of the annual Christmas Holiday season. Many media outlets play non-stop Christmas music during the entire holiday season. Carolers still roam the streets in many cities.
Arguably, the most well-known and recognized Christmas Carol is “Silent Night.”
Power point #1 is entitled, Holidays – Celebrating Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols and contains 20 slides and covers the following:
The First Carols
“Carols by Candlelight”
Christmas Carols Today
Legend of “Silent Night”
Christmas Truce of 1914
End of Presentation
Decorating Christmas trees began when ancient people started a tradition of hanging evergreen boughs over the doors and windows of their homes. It was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we know it today in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes in pots hoping they would flower by Christmas time. Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains hung from chandeliers or lighting hooks. Sometimes they were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.
The 1st record of a Christmas tree being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of PA. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans! By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the United States. Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.
The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments. Because the United States was settled by Immigrants, it enjoys many of the holiday cultural traditions from the countries of its origins while creating some of its own.
The two prominent Christmas Tree displays in the United States include the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in NYC and the National Christmas at the White House in WDC.
Power point #2 is entitled, Holidays – Celebrating Christmas Traditions - The Christmas Tree and contains 26 slides and covers the following:
Section 1: History of the Christmas Tree
How It All Started
The First Christmas Trees
Acceptance in Germany
Rejected by the Puritans
Acceptance in the USA
Accepted by Great Britain
Electricity & Public Displays
Section 2: Prominent Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (2)
National Christmas Tree (2)
Section 3: Christmas in the United States
Customs & Food
Celebrations & Decorations
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading ….Holidays & Anniversaries.