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Christmas Trees.


Most Christmas festivities often include the hanging of the greens. Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly. Many traditions involving greenery originated in Druid, Celt, Norse, and Roman civilizations, which celebrated the winter solstice around December 21st. Because the colour green represented eternal life, plants that remained green throughout the year played an important role in these celebrations.

As pagan cultures converted to Christianity, they continued many of their traditional winter solstice activities. Because the use of greenery had pagan origins, early church leaders often objected to its use. However, the traditions were so deeply ingrained that the customs continued – but now from a Christian frame of reference.

Although the Romans used spruce and fir trees decorated with lighted candles and trinkets during Saturnalia rituals, the Christmas tree as we know it is a German tradition that began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when an English missionary later known as St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity. It was said that he came across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

In 1841, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s German-born husband, celebrated the birth of their first son with a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. The English court adopted the custom, and soon it spread throughout England. In Victorian times, people decorated trees with candies and cakes hung with ribbon.

German immigrants brought the Christmas tree tradition to the United States. Settlers most often used the cedar tree as their Christmas tree because of its abundance. They decorated the trees with berries, popcorn, and Christmas gifts for the family.

Yule Log.


Early Europeans believed wood had magic powers. A Yule log, a large piece of tree trunk, was burned during the solstice celebrations. It was believed that bad luck would come if the log went out. The unburned portion left at the end of the holiday would be saved to start next year’s fire.




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