Color of Christmas – Do we know what the colors represent ?

There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas such as red, green and gold. This colors and their meanings come from the western/northern european traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold. Here is a little information about each color and what it represents:




-As mentioned above, an early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays.

-Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.

-Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas  and then also became Santa’s uniform




-Gold is the color of the Sun and light – both very important in the dark winter. And both red and gold are the colors of fire that you need to keep you warm.

-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 .

-Silver is sometimes used instead of (or with) gold. But gold is a ‘warmer’ color.




-White is often associated with purity and peace in western cultures. The snow of winter is also very white!

-White paper wafers were also sometimes used to decorate paradise trees. The wafers represented the bread eaten during Christian Communion or Mass, when Christians remember that Jesus died for them.

-White is used by most churches as the color of Christmas, when the altar is covered with a white cloth (in the Russian Orthodox Church Gold is used for Christmas).