A beautiful decorated evergreen tree, with colored lights, inspires warm memories of Christmas. The Christmas tree has become one of the well-known holiday symbols. Long before Christianity appeared, people in the Northern Hemisphere used evergreen plants to decorate their homes, particularly the doors, to celebrate the Winter Solstice.
Early Middle Ages, when Christ was born in the dead of winter, every tree throughout the world miraculously shook off its ice and snow and produced new shoots of green. Christmas trees decoration became popular. in churches, town squares, and homes. Originally, the infant Jesus adorned the top of Christmas trees. However, this trend later evolved to a star or an angel, which are both significant Christian symbols in the Nativity of Jesus. By placing star at the top of Christmas trees, some Christians were also making a statement of faith intended to scare evil spirits away from their homes.
It is believed that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, was the first to light a Christmas tree with candles. Legend has it, late one evening around Christmas time, Luther was walking home through the woods when he was struck by the innocent beauty of starlight shining through fir trees. Wanting to share this experience with his family, he cut down a fir tree and took it home. He placed a small candle on the branches to symbolize the Christmas sky.
How Did Christmas Trees Start?
Christmas Tree Coloring
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