The significant colours of Christmas are divided into two groups – Christian and commercial. The origin of Christmas is the Christian celebration and has specific colours representing the story of the Nativity.
In the churches, the Catholics usually choose to light violet and rose candles on their Christmas wreaths, while many Protestants light red and blue candles. Violet, rose, red and blue each hold symbolic significance. Violet and blue candles represent the hope, love and peace that came with the birth of Jesus; and rose represents the joy. Also, white colours and candles embody purity.
In the commercial world, and also with their own traditional history, are colours including red and green along with trimmings of gold and silver. The origins of these colours come from the colder countries of the northern hemisphere like Britain, Europe and North America.
Red is the colour of the fire that keeps people warm during the long dark winters. The largest red decoration that is visible in Australia during Christmastime is the red-robed Santa Claus who appears in shopping centres across the country and who promises gifts to all the children.
Green is the colour of the plants brought inside to remind people of new life at Christmas. The largest is the Christmas tree, usually a conifer, plus other decorations of holly and mistletoe. In Australia, green is often seen in sprigs of eucalypt.colou
In colder climates, gold is the colour of the sun, which is something that is hoped for during the long winters but, in Australia, is also the colour of much of the land. And gold is one of the special gifts one of the wise men from the east gave to baby Jesus.
The bright colours of Christmas add to the distinct festive atmosphere whether in a home, a shop or a church. They are a very visual part of the celebrations in December each year.