Christmas Colours – What do they mean?

Xmas tree with baubles

We associate some colours, (red, gold and green), with Xmas and once a year we act as though possessed running around streaming anything that doesn’t move (and some things that do – see the slideshow below) with gold bead chains and fake ivy. Or is that just me?

So I was fascinated to find out a bit more about the history of the colours and their meaning more generally.

RED: A fave Xmas colour of mine! While it can traditionally represent the blood of Christ, it can also symbolise the red heart and the teaching of love. That is the spirit of the season to me!

Red was also the colour of Saint Nicholas’s robes – hence translating to Santa’s cool and highly practical pant suit.

Red generally symbolisies love, passion, strength and joy. During the rest of the year it can be a good colour to use where you want to promote these feelings. Possibly in moderation – depending on exactly where that area is in your home and it’s function. Some people can find it too stimulating.

GREEN: Very much related to the northern hemisphere history of Xmas, evergreen branches symbolised..’hang on, it WILL get better and lighter and we will soon be drinking beer on the beach and surfing again’. Or planting stuff.

Holly grows anywhere and in very difficult situations, just like how ivy threatens to take over my back fence here in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. It symbolised Christ’s birth in difficult circumstances. In the middle ages when people couldn’t read, Paradise plays were performed with a Pine tree with red apples representing Adam and Eve’s story. Hence the modern Xmas tree.

Green symbolises fertility, renewal, spring and can restore depleted energies. It is associated with certain areas of the home in Feng Shui and at some point I will do a post on this too.

GOLD: Is the colour of giving. It appears in many different religions (Gold Buddhas, Gold Menorah). It was one of the gifts the three wise men gave in the Christmas story. It is light, warmth, the sun and the stars. All very important in northern hemisphere winter Xmas. It became associated with the Star followed by the three wise men and has traditionally been used as the tree topper star.

Gold symbolises illumination, love, compassion, magic and wisdom. It is precious as in the metal gold. And for many it is a sacred colour, used as adornment in their homes. It is associated with luxury too. Sometimes it’s good to incorporate some into areas of the home where you want to feel abundant, like a study or office. Or wherever you want to feel any of things described above.

I do feel this is a colour to use in moderation though. I went through a gold phase where I had a lot of gold things and quickly felt overwhelmed by the energy of it. While it is a colour of confidence it can become overbearing – just like some overly confident people can!

I would love to hear about your Xmas…. -đź’ž What colours do you use and why?
đź’ž Are you a traditionalist?
đź’ž Or do you like a really unique or contemporary look?

The Colours of Xmas

Acknowledgements- Photos in the slideshow come from Upslash – Toni Cuenca – Aaron Burden – Freestocks.org – Jakob Owens – Rawpixel – Erin Walker.

The art of feeling good.

“I could totally – get fit, solve the world’s problems, figure out my next career move, or at least finish a book, INSERT YOURS – if I had some ME time!”

I hear this a lot from my friends. Beautiful women in their 30’s, 40s, 50’s and beyond who are talented, committed and courageous all longing for a bit of ME time and space.

“Just some time out from my hectic schedule and everyone else’s expectations.”

 

There isn’t any one answer to this issue – we can’t bend time (yet)! But what I know is that taking the time to get clear on how you want to feel everyday (not just what you want someday) is not a selfish act. It deserves you carving out some ME time. When you know how you want to feel everyday you can give to yourself and others more easily and with more grace. And less surly face (ok, maybe that’s just me).

 

Things flow easier. You become more productive in all areas of your life. The truth is that a constant connection with the feelings you have deliberately chosen to feel acts like a guide. For me everything is easier. Because I have made “ease” one of my core desired feelings it is a litmus test. When I have a big decision that needs to be made I ask “Is this going to create ease?”  If no, well forget it then. That doesn’t mean I avoid challenges. Challenge and ease can definitely be friends. It just means that I do not want to encourage and make room for struggle in everything I do. Struggle may find me, but it is easier to give it up than it used to be. I am fully conscious and on board with ease.

 

How do you frame your life this way? I spend a few moments every morning consciously bringing my core desired feelings into my awareness. I let myself feel them – even if the cat has just vomited and I need to be out of the door in 10 mins – I take time to feel ease in my body (unless the cat vomit is on my shoes, in which case I attend to that first). How does ‘ease’ feel for example? Well to me it is kind of slow and relaxed and like a Sunday morning lie in. It feels like everything going well for me that day with minimum stress. It isn’t me in control mode like a mad thing running here and there trying to make all the bits fit like a giant Jenga puzzle. That analogy comes easily to me because it is what my life used to feel like.

 

We all risk depletion in this hectic, crazy world we live in. The information age is well and truly upon us and we can feel overloaded and overwhelmed with possibilities, choices and demands. Being clear on how we want to feel is a way forward, whether you call yourself a seeker (just trying to be more of who you could be) or a goal setter (wanting to achieve it all this time around on the off chance reincarnation doesn’t exist).  It is a grounding practice that creates a daily sanctuary and some lights on the pathway ahead. I can’t see the future, but I can feel my way to my next step and trust my feelings to guide me further.

 

If you want to learn more about the process for discovering your own Core Desire Feelings please visit my Desire Map workshop events at http://www.annetterudd.com/events/