In the dreary December, cold and frost predominate outside, and the landscape shows us bare branches and some fir trees. Most people are excited about the anticipation of the big party and focus on their Christmas decoration at home. Although it looks gray and colorless outside, there are beautiful flowering branches in many houses just at Christmas. Their fresh flowers bring a romantic flair to the interior in the winter and we are happy and very optimistic. These are the so-called Barbara branches, which adorn many living spaces according to centuries-old tradition at this time of year. For the people who do not yet know the old custom and whose tricks are unknown, the Barbarian branches would appear rather as a winter wonder. This is not such a phenomenon, nor witchcraft, but this phenomenon has its secrets and puzzles. The Barbara branches are actually surrounded by many exciting myths and prove, however, that old customs still live in our presence and continue to be maintained.
The Barbaras branches are simply fruit tree branches, which are just cut on December 4 from the trees and inside the house must be placed in a vase. These should linger for three weeks in the warm and cozy home from 4 December and show their full bloom in time for Christmas. How would that be possible, you will learn in the next lines.
The Barbarian branches have a long history whose roots date back to the 3rd century AD. to look for. Legend has it that a young girl converted to Christianity and was sent to prison by her father. Because of her courageous act, she was sentenced to death. But on her way to prison, a cherry twig caught her robe. The girl took the branch, placed it in the prison in the water, and on the day of her execution he blossomed. Legend has it that the day of Saint Barbara is celebrated today on the 4th of December. This special date in the pre-Christmas calendar is celebrated by the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches. Closely related to this legend is the tradition of cutting fruit branches from the garden on December 4 and bringing them into the house. Cherry, apple, birch, hazelnut, plum, elder or forsythia branches are preferred. When they bloom at Christmas, it is a clear sign that the family will be enjoying a happy new year.
In order to be able to drive, you must place the branches in the fridge or better in the freezer immediately after cutting. Then they are placed in a vase with lukewarm water, which should be changed every few days. The vase with the Barbara branches must remain in the warm interior for three weeks, so that the buds can develop properly and bloom at Christmas. However, dry or overheated room air does not do the branches, or more precisely their buds, well and they can dry up quickly. If you follow these simple tricks, on Christmas Day you will admire beautiful flowers and good luck in the new year.
We wish that to you from the bottom of our hearts!