The apple plays a major role in the festivities on Christmas Eve.
It stands for life and immortality and is a symbol of love and fertility. The apple on the Christmas tree – as fresh fruit or as an ornament -is reminiscent of the carefree time in paradise, as man and God were not separated by the Fall. In the Christian symbolism the apple is considered a sign of redemption from original sin and has been used since the 11th century as a decorative accessory.
According to an old tradition, on Christmas Eve, the head of the family cuts the apple to see the core. If he sees a constant star and strong cores, a peaceful, healthy and productive new year lies ahead. Afterwards the apple will be shared among all family members and eaten.
It also stands for the gratitude of a good harvest and the hope for a similar in the new year coming.