Apples have been a part of holiday traditions around the world for hundreds of years.
Here are some interesting facts about apples in holiday traditions:
Did you know?
- The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 diary found in Strasburg, France (Germany in 1605). The tree was decorated with paper roses, apples and candies.
- An evergreen, the Paradise tree, was decorated with apples as a symbol of the feast of Adam and Eve held on December 24th during the middle ages.
- In Austria & Germany during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the tops of evergreens were cut and hung upside down in a living room corner. They were decorated with apples, nuts and strips of red paper.
- Giving apples on Christmas Eve is a tradition that's becoming popular in China. Many stores have apples wrapped up in colored paper for sale.
- People give apples on Christmas Eve in China because in Chinese Christmas Eve is called 'Ping An Ye' (which means quiet or silent night) and the word for apple in Chinese is 'Ping Guo' which sounds similar.
- As a part of Czech Christmas celebrations, apples are given to goats on Christmas Eve to make their milk sweet.
What are Your Apple Holiday Traditions?