In ancient times, the tree was decorated with
symbols of the gifts the people wanted to receive
from the Gods...
Acorns, Oak Leaves, and Suns were
representations of the Sun God.
Birds and Bird Nests represented fertility as
well as the return of the migrating flocks of
birds in the Spring.
Candles (and later, lights) were used to
welcome back the Sun God and to encourage the
sun to return.
Crescent Moons and Silver Balls represented
the Mother Goddess in her many forms
Flowers, even the Poinsetta, represented the
hope of the coming or Spring.
Frogs, particularly Tree Frogs were for calling
Spring back, since the call of the tree frog is
one of the earliest signs of Spring.
Fruit represented a bountiful harvest as well as
the coming season of renewal and birth.
Harps represented the continuity handed down
by traveling Bards.
Horns, drums and other musical instruments
symbolized the 'Blowing in the Yule' and also
represented the joyous music that welcomes the
Nuts represented a bountiful harvest.
Toads, especially when hung upside down, were
considered strong protection for the family.
Fertility symbols such as eggs, antlers, horns