Red and green Christmas lights at Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver, Canada

The Colours of Christmas: Red & Green

Even before Christmas was invented, the evergreen Holly with its bright red berries was one of the primary plants used in winter celebrations in Europe.old colourized illustration of a holly branch

Thus red and green, the traditional colours of winter, became associated with Christmas. Gold and silver also managed to sneak into the mix.
Metallic green & red baubles shimmer in a store display for ChristmasJust recently, when we were looking at a Christmas light display we asked ourselves ‘what colours were Christmas lights when we were young?’ We decided that they were all red and green with a creamy warm white, probably caused by the fact that the lights were incandescent which always gives off a very warm light. Were there blue lights? Maybe. Certainly none of us could remember pink or turquoise lights. At any rate, a display of red and green lights at Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver.  Red and green Christmas lights at Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver, CanadaJust simple but these two wreaths really say Christmas to me.
Christmas wreaths on a gate in Vancouver's ShaughnessyA Christmas tree in a downtown foyer. Xmas tree decorated with red, green and silver baublesMetallic Christmas baubles (with eyes for some reason) decorate the bare branches of a tree in nearby a community centre. Xmas baubles decorate bare tree branches in VancouverA number of outdoor patios with extra seating sprung up over the summer – this one with red and green (and pink) rectangular boxes, generally too wet to sit on, has been repurposed into Christmas presents. red and green boxes that were originally seating have added bows to turn them into presents for ChristmasFleurs de Villes Noël presents floral displays in Vancouver’s Downtown. My favourites are the mannequins covered in festive flowers. This one is from 2020.
Fleurs de Villes Noel display of a ballet dancer covered in festive flowers in Downtown Vancouver, CanadaLast year the show was predominantly floral displays in red and green. Vancouver's Fleurs de Villes Noël floral display of red berriesPine and cedar add their Christmas fragrant branches to the experience.Fleurs de Villes Noël floral display of red and green plants for ChristmasAt times white and metallic gold and silver were added to the mix.
Vancouver's Fleurs de Villes Noël floral display of red roses and white flowers amidst bunches of greenery
This year (2021) the Noël floral displays are being held December 10-19. The floral artists have been playing around with a variety of odd-ball colours which don’t work as well (at least for me). However, there’s still enough red and green to make me happy. Vancouver's Fleurs de Villes Noël floral display of red roses and berries amidst bunches of greeneryA wooden sled piled high with cascading flowers. Vancouver's Fleurs de Villes Noël floral display of red and white flowers amidst bunches of greenery cascading down a wooden sledAlways need a red-nosed deer in a Christmas display…Vancouver's Fleurs de Villes Noël floral display of a deer for ChristmasMore of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Holiday Colors

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