Christmas can also be colored by green and red. The long tradition of green Christmas trees, boughs of holly with bright red berries are the fore-runners of this tradition. Of course the silver and gold of the tinsel around the tree, and the brightly colored lights hanging from the branches have all given color to Christmas. Long ago, candles were placed on the tree branches--thus the tradition of the white like the star the Wise Men followed from afar.
We all know Santa wears red and white and the elves a touch of green. Rudolph has a nose so red it glows. Mr. Grinch is a sickly green, and "A Wonderful Life" was all black and white. The Muppets are more colors than the Crayola Giant Box of Fun. Color in every tint and hue have become a huge part of Christmas as we know it today.
One of the most famous secular Christmas songs is "Blue Christmas" although it has been sung by many, my favorite rendition is by the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley.
The Blue Christmas Elvis is referring to is not one with blue decorations in abundance, but instead a sad Christmas. "I'll have a Blue Christmas without you." Christmas is blue for far more than we realize.
The first Christmas was a different story. There was some color--the donkey was a dull brown or gray, the road and floor of the stable the color of dirt, the cattle were the color of all cows in the field--brown, black or white, yellow was the hay--and the sheep were a dirty white for after all they grazed in the hills. The predominate color--was the lack of color--the black of night. The star in the east and the angels announcing the birth blended in nicely with the twinkling stars in the night sky. The colors that first Christmas night were a far cry from the wonderland of bright color we associate with Christmas today. Yet from that dark night with very little light, the greatest of Christmas gifts was born. A baby--born into a dark world in need a a great savior. The Prince of Peace was born to give us all the Light of Hope---on that first Christmas Night.