I love Christmas! Although the time of year can be filled with hustle and bustle, running here and running there, it is a time for many of us to slow down a bit, catch our breath between harvest and planting seasons and enjoy family, food and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
But what about the Christmas colors? Two of the most common and widely recognized Christmas colors are red and green. But what do these colors mean or symbolize?
The color red most generally represents Santa's red suite and holly berries. As a religious symbol, red is associated with blood, fire and charity. The color red is also a symbol of excitement.
The color green most generally represents the Christmas Tree, the Christmas Wreath or is associated with nature. As a religious symbol, green has been associated with youth and the hope of eternal life.
During this time of year, we tend to associate the colors of red and green directly with Christmas, giving little thought to what other meaning those colors may have. But what about the rest of the year? Any other time of the year, if you ask a farmer about the colors red and green, what would they say? If you ask a farmer which color they like best, there mind immediately focuses on red or green tractors, not Holly, Christmas Trees or Santa Clause. The farmer's mind immediately envisions his or her favorite brand of equipment and the age-old competition that these two colors share.
I for one have got to say that I own both red and green tractors and equipment. Although I do have favorites, my favorites are not always associated with color, but rather the work or activity that it may perform and I am proud to own and operate them both. In years past, I used to think that my blood was nothing other than red, however, later years has convinced me to keep an open mind to all things in life and to pay little attention to color or brand as long as the work gets done. That being said, a little ribbing, teasing and competition between brands and colors is still fun!
So as Christmas passes and the New Year approaches, I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule to truly enjoy the red and green colors for their meanings of the season. Those true meanings being excitement, charity, nature and hope of eternal life. As the old year passes and the new one begins, I wish you prosperity for the New Year and best wishes whether your passion is for green or red.
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