Even with the advent of convenient social media, during the holidays many people still enjoy sending cards to their friends and family, and who doesn’t love getting them? Red is one of the traditional and universal colors of Christmas, along with green, and red holiday cards are cheerful and classic. The stories behind the traditional colors of Christmas and the holiday season are rich and fascinating, and understanding more about them can make sending cards more meaningful than ever.
Green symbolizes evergreens. It stands for everlasting life—for triumph over death—even during the darkest days of winter. The Druids used evergreens in winter rituals to symbolize that the Earth and all of its beings lived and were still with them during cold, dark winter nights. The Egyptians also treasured evergreens and brought branches inside at the time of the winter solstice. And, of course, the Christmas tree has its own set of stories and tales, but trees were brought inside houses to remind those living there of the profound beauty and wisdom of nature and to give hope. A tree with sparkling lights, originally candles, can make long, dark nights just a little brighter.
The color red for Christmas comes from red holly berries, as holly is also evergreen. Red also stands for apples, a traditional decoration and symbol for the holidays. Again, the Druids cherished red because it shows that beauty exists at all times, even during the darkest days. Red ornaments on green Christmas trees can delight all ages.
Other traditional colors for the holidays are gold, blue and white. Gold represents light and life-giving fire. Blue represents the sky and the heavens, and as blue dye and paint was quite expensive in the medieval period, it also symbolizes treasure of great value. White stands for purity and peace and also for winter snow.
Perhaps red is universally beloved as a holiday color because it is beautiful to look at, or maybe because it adds energy and passion to dark winter days and nights. Red holiday cards are classic and timeless, and by taking the time and effort to send cards through the snail mail, they also deliver a message to all recipients that you cherish them.
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