The Real Reason Christmas Colors Are Red and Green

November 27, 2018

Photo Credit: Diane Lyn


We celebrate the holidays in color. Halloween is known for its orange and black combination. Valentine’s Day reds, whites, and pinks speak "love". When it comes to Christmas, we have accepted red and green for a long time. But why?

Centuries ago, red and green colors were used to commemorate a different holiday. The Ancient Celtic worshiped holly plants. They believed holly kept the world beautiful and evergreen during winter. Eventually people used holly to decorate their homes into the 14th century,

In modern times, there has been a big link between a man and Coca-Cola for red and green Christmas colors: Haddon Sundblom, was the guy that Coca-Cola hired to draw a Santa Claus for their ads.
Sundblom chose to make him jolly and that meant "fat", wearing red robes with accents of green. According to Arielle Eckstut, co-author of "Secret Language of Color", told NPR, "that creative decision made all the difference. Of course, the ads grew in popularity, and people came to know Sundblom’s Santa as “the real one.” “It solidified in our collective imaginations the red of Santa’s robes with the green of fir trees and holly and poinsettia that we already had in our minds,” she said.

(Source: Reader's Digest)