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Christmas Tree - Origin

Definition: Where did having a Christmas Tree come from?

 

The modern Christmas tree differs greatly from its roots; today, we decorate an everlasting, artificial construct with bright lights and dazzling ornaments, while traditionally, the tree was of course, real and more importantly, decorated with edibles such as apples and nuts. The tradition, as with that of the wreath, started with the elements symbolized by evergreens in pre-Christian winter festivals: immortality and fortitude.

The evergreen was also known to have represented the same values to a variety of cultures, including the Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. The worship of trees was also very common in European druidism and paganism. In Christian tradition, trees were often put up in December to serve the dual purpose of warding off the devil and allowing a perch for whatever birds still remained. Evergreen trees decorated with apples and wafers were also used in Christmas Eve plays during the Middle Ages to represent the tree from which Adam and Eve at the forbidden fruit. As for decoration, the first evidence for decorated Christmas trees comes from German craftsman guilds during the Renaissance. After the Protestant Reformation, trees enjoyed a surge of popularity among Protestant households as counterparts to the Catholic nativity scene.

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Christmas Traditions and Folklore

 

Related Categories:

| St. Nicholas | Krampus | St. Nicholas Symbols | Origin of Santa Claus | Mistletow - Origination | Boxing Day - Origination | Santa Claus and Coca-Cola | Gift Giving - Origin | Stockings at Christmas - Origin | Wreaths - Origin | Caroling - Origin |

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  external link10 Remarkable Origins of Common Christmas Traditions

 

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