The plants of Christmas
Christmas is coming, and like every year, in every part of the world, we are preparing to decorate our home with colorful decorations, some of which derive directly from the plant world. Most of the plants used as Christmas wishes are part of the tradition, generally deriving their popularity from more or less ancient legends or myths; their success is mainly due to the fact that at this time of the year they have bright foliage, or are in full bloom, or they still have berries or decorative fruits.
We said, these plants are many, from fir to butcher's broom, from Christmas star to mistletoe; for each of them the fact of being used just as Christmas decoration has an explanation that has its roots in ancient traditions, or in more modern legends; in any case it is always a profound symbolic meaning, which accompanies and makes the Christmas gifts more fascinating.
Egyptians, Greeks and Romans considered the white fir the tree of the nativity, it was used in the festivities in which the moon was celebrated, bearer of novelties and children; for the ancient Germanic and Celtic populations, fir is the cosmic tree, and by some populations it was used in ancient times to celebrate the birth of the divine child. The use of this plant in sacred feasts was lost in Italy, and therefore only recovered in the 18th century, introduced by the French court. Then an ancient custom was reintroduced to celebrate the birth of Christ, superimposing a Christian meaning on the ancient cults.