Christmas legends: the legend of the decorated baubles

After the birth of Jesus a poor artist was in Bethlehem and wanted to pay a visit to the new born child but he had no gifts to bring him. So he had an idea: he went to the grotto and did what we was best at being a juggler. He made the baby smile and from that day we now have the tradition of putting decorated baubles on our Christmas trees to remember the laugh of baby Jesus.

The legend of the robin:

A small brown bird used to share the Holy family’s shed with the humans. At night while the family was asleep the bird noticed that the fire that used to keep them warm was about to put out. So in order to keep the baby warm it flew to the embers and kept the flame alive by flapping its wings all night long. The following morning the little bird was prized with a red breast as a symbol of its love for baby Jesus.

The legend of the candy cane:

The legend tells that a baker invented it to remind uso f Jesus since it contains different meanings:

  • The caramel of the stick represents Jesus, hard as a rock on which we should build our lives
  • The “j” shape reminds of a Shepherds’ walking stick (Jesus as our Sheppard)
  • The white color symbolizes purity and absence of sins
  • The big red stripes symbolize Jesus’ blood spilt for our sins
  • The thin stripes symbolize the signs of the whiplashes on Jesus’ body
  • The minty flavor reminds of the Hyssop plant used to purify

The legend of the Holly:

A little orphan used to live with some shepherds when he heard of the great announcement. On his way to Bethlem he weaved a crown made of bay tree branches for the new born baby. But when he presented it to Jesus the crown looked a too unworthy gift  and the orphan felt ashamed and started crying. At that point Baby Jesus touched the crown and turned the branches into a vivid green color and the boy’s tears into red berries.

The Nativity Scene:

In the Nativity scene everything is symbolic. The shed represents the poverty and misery. Joseph is the brains. The ox is fecundity and fertility and also sexual strength. The donkey instead represents the inferior nature of humans. The presence of the ox and donkey in the shed ensured that the baby could remain warm thanks to their warm breath. The breath symbolizes life, and the animals’ breath is a metaphor of God’s breath used to give a soul to the first human.


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