Christmas Colours : Meanings & Symbolism of Christmas Colours

Each festival has its symbols and traditional colors. Each color has some meaning or significance and some kind of association with the festival.

Christmas Colors

The traditional colors of Christmas are green and red, but other colors like white, silver, blue and gold are also popular Christmas colors.

Most the Christmas colors and their meanings come from the western / northern European traditions and customs, where Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold during that time of the year.

Below we have explained meaning of these Christmas Colors.

Red :

In Christian tradition, red color symbolizes the blood of Jesus which was shed for all humans that they might be saved. (John 19:34).

Red is the colour of love and energy. Red is also the colour of fire inducing feelings of warmth and visions of roaring fires, red berries and uniform of Santa Claus.

Green :

In Christian tradition, green color symbolizes eternal life in Christ (John 3:16-17).

Evergreen trees stay alive and green all year long and hence we use these trees as Christmas trees.

Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter as a symbol of hope for new beginnings.

Green is a relaxing colour; the colour of nature and fertility.

In ancient times, the Romans used to exchange evergreen branches during January as a sign of good luck while the ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches into their houses during the mid winter festivals.

Today, green as a Christmas color is mostly associated with Christmas trees and other decorations like wreaths, mistletoe, etc.

Gold :

In Christian tradition, gold color symbolizes Christ the Divine (Revelations 3:18)

Gold is also the colour of Sun and light – both of which are very important in the dark winter.

Gold is also considered to be a symbol of wealth and good health.

Infact, Gold was also one of the presents brought to the baby Jesus by one of the wise men and traditionally it’s the color used to show the star that the wise men followed.

Today, gold as a Christmas colour is seen in almost everything associated with Christmas like the tinsel, candles, Christmas stars, angels, decoration ornaments and twinkling lights, etc.

Gold may also be used to represent divinity.

Silver :

In Christian tradition, Silver color symbolizes Redemption in Christ (Matthew 27:3-9). In Christian tradition, silver is used in a figurative way to represent God’words.

Just like gold, silver also symbolises wealth. Silver also represents clarity, vision, brightness and strength.

Just like the moon, silver has a calming soothing effect.

White :

In Christian tradition, White color symbolizes the coming of the light of Christ into the world (John 1:9). In Christian tradition, white is a colour of purity, innocence, holiness, cleanliness and a symbol of rebirth.

Today we associate white color in Christmas with Snowflakes, winter wonderlands, Santa’beard, decoration items, etc.

Blue :

Blue is the color of shy and heaven. Blue color may also be used to symbolize truth. it also symbolizes good health.

The color blue is often associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus. In medieval times blue dye and paint was more expensive than gold! So it would only be worn by Royal families and very rich people. Mary was often painted wearing blue to show that she was very important.

Blue is an alternate color for the season of Advent.

Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!