Christmas is a wonderful conglomeration of Roman, Viking, Germanic, and Victorian English traditions. The early Christian church assimilated many of these traditions from old midwinter sun festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, and our use of Christmas greens reflects these early practices.
"Evergreens such as holly, ivy and mistletoe decked the medieval house in the bleak days of midwinter, bringing hope of renewed life to the darkest days of the year," says Sophie Jackson in her wonderful book, The Medieval Christmas.
The decorated, indoor Christmas tree was not a tradition during the medieval period, although it is likely that various outside trees were decorated during the season, particularly fir trees.
Christmas traditions are rich and fascinating. Please visit these web sites for much more information on Christmas during the Middle Ages.
Medieval Christmas Traditions
Tales of the Middle Ages - Christmas
A Medieval Christmas
Christmas Traditions In England During the Middle Ages
How to Cook Medieval - Christmas Feasts