The colours Red and Green, so symbolic of Christmas
There are a myriad of explanations as to why Red and Green are the colours of Christmas, lots of them talk about ancient times and religious paintings that used the vibrant colours to bring their works to life. Others talk about about Coca Cola and the adverts that we now see as a major part of the festive season with a rotund bearded gentleman dressed in his Red suit. (Cynics suggest this was a ploy on Coca Cola’s part to make Santa forever linked to their corporate colours).
But ultimately it comes down to the fact that Red berries and Green holly leaves are two of the brightest of colours throughout the winter months when the world is a dark and grey place. Ancient Romans used Holly to decorate wreaths for the festival of Saturnalia. Church leaders, sometime in the early 4th century hit on the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus in December as a way of combatting what was seen as pagan festivals.
Green is the colour of nature, it is known to represent growth, fertility and harmony, whereas Red is full of energy and is emotionally exciting to our senses.
So Red and Green became a colourful symbol of specific events because of the time they were held and Coca Cola used them to mirror their branding.
We love RED no matter what because it has a rich and warming feel to its coloration, it suggest heat even in the midst of a cold cold winter. The passion associated with RED is well documented, it’s seen as the colour of LOVE (Think Valentines day).
The two together bring our emotions to an excited yet controlled state, maybe that’s why they are so forever linked to Christmas!