Ornaments: YULE TRADITIONS AND SYMBOLS

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The Germanic peoples originally decorated their trees with fruit, candy, cookies, and flowers. These ornaments symbolized the abundance to come when the Sun shed His warmth.

While a lovely custom, the decorations were heavy and difficult to keep on the tree.

After a few years, the area glassblowers put their heads together and came up with a solution:

They could decorate trees with the lightweight glass orbs they pro­duced.

The use of the orbs made tree decorating an easy process.

Even better, the round, three-dimensional shape of the ornaments replicated the shape of the Sun.

This provided Pagans with a simple way to honor, their own beliefs, in the now, Christian world.