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    How did the tradition of Christmas tree get started??

    How did the tradition of Christmas tree get started??

    The Christmas tree is one of the most popular traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas. Normally an evergreen coniferous tree that is brought into a home or used in the open, a Christmas tree is decorated with Christmas lights and colourful ornaments during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity story.


     



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    Possible origins in Antiquity

    Although the earliest definite historic records of its use date only to the 16th century, the Christmas tree, like many other Christmas traditions such as the Christmas ham, the Yule Goat, the stuffing of stockings, and the figure of Santa Claus with his nocturnal ride through the sky, is widely believed to derive from pre-Christian Germanic paganism.
    Middle Ages

    Trees have been associated with the gospel as far back as The Dream of the Rood, an Old English poem.
    There are various legends regarding the origin of the Christmas tree, often relating to Saint Boniface. Thus, in one version, Boniface disrupted a pagan child sacrifice at an oak tree, flattening the oak with a blow of his fist. A small fir sprang up in place of the oak, which Boniface told the pagans represented Christ. Comparisons have also been made between the Christmas tree and the Irish shamrock, which was originally a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
    Regarding the Christmas tree itself, Chambers notes that it

    seems to be a very ancient custom in Germany, and is probably a remnant of the splendid and fanciful pageants of the middle ages.

    There are also some accounts that place the earliest Christmas trees in the Baltic (Estonia), while in fact the custom was introduced there in the 1920s.

    16th century

    Ancient Persians, during their celebration of the winter solstice (the birth of the sun god) used to decorate an evergreen tree called SARVE . The SARVE or "Rocket Juniper" - also known as the cypress tree, being straight, upright and resistant to the cold weather, was known as a symbol of enduring hardship, thus appropriate for celebrating Mithra. The younger ones had their "wishes" symbolically wrapped in colorful silk cloth and hung them on the tree along with lots of offerings for Mithra in the hopes that he would answer their prayers
    18th and 19th century

    By the early 18th century, the custom had become common in towns of the upper Rhineland, but it had not yet spread to rural areas. Wax candles are attested from the late 18th century. The Christmas tree remained confined to the upper Rhineland for a relatively long time. It was regarded as a Protestant custom by the Roman Catholic majority along the lower Rhine and was spread there only by Prussian officials who were moved there in the wake of the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Just like Christmas (Germanic Yuletide), the Christmas tree was "adopted" by the Roman Catholic Church because it could not prevent its use.

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