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A Christmas decoration is one of several types of decoration used at Christmas time and the larger holiday season. The traditional colors of Christmas are pine green, snow white and heart red. Gold and silver are also very common, as are other metallic colors. Typical images of Christmas decorations include the baby Jesus, Father Christmas, Father Christmas, and the Star of Bethlehem.

In many countries, such as Sweden, people start putting up their Advent and Christmas decorations on the first day of Advent. Liturgically this is done in some congregations through a ceremony to hang the greens. In the Western Christian world, the two traditional days when Christmas decorations are taken down are Twelfth Night and, if not taken down that day, Candlemas, the latter of which ends the season of Christmas Epiphany in some denominations. Taking down Christmas decorations before Twelfth Night, as well as leaving the decorations beyond the Mass, is historically considered unlucky

Christmas decorations are as old as Christmas itself. They are mentioned in ancient descriptions of the Roman festival of Saturnalia, which is believed to have originated in the 5th century BC.

The tradition of a decorated tree is old because the Celts already decorated a tree, the symbol of life at the time of the winter solstice. The Scandinavians did the same for the Christmas party, which was held around the same date as Christmas.

Tertullian complained to the 2nd century that Christians in North Africa decorated their homes with greenery, a pagan symbol.

The Christmas tree was first used by German Lutherans in the 16th century, with records indicating that a Christmas tree was placed in Strassburg Cathedral in 1539, under the direction of the Protestant reformer, Martin Bucer. In the United States, these “German Lutherans brought with them the decorated Christmas tree; the Moravians put lighted candles on these trees.