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Christmas trees – the story!

By Katie Cross

Asked the reason why we have got real Christmas trees in our houses at Christmas? It started in the past some time before the arrival of Christianity. Evergreen vegetation was an exclusive image for people in winter season, in several countries they believed the plants would fend off evil spirits as well as diseases. This is why people strung twigs of what everyone knows in modern times as the real Christmas tree on top of the doors and window frames to their dwellings.

The winter time solstice was worshipped on the lengthiest night of the season by people in the Upper hemisphere. This had been because people worshiped the sun like a god and through the winter season they believed he was not well. The biggest night-time and shortest day time represented a switching stage from where the sun would begin to get well. The evergreen trees were a reminder to the people that all life would grow once again as soon as the sun god was better.

They weren’t the only societies to have worshipped the sun like a god, various previous cultures including Celts, Vikings, Romans and also the ancient Egyptians worshiped the solstice in a similar way. Egyptians suspended green palms throughout their residence while Romans decorated their houses with evergreen branches. They all thought of evergreen vegetation as a token of eternal life.

During the Sixteenth century German Christian believers began to move real decorated Christmas trees right into their dwellings. That is viewed as the true beginning of the Christmas tradition. A number of people added lighted wax lights to the tree that is thought to have been started by Martin Luther a Protestant reformer in the Sixteenth century. All of the wax lights were viewed to symbolize the stars of the night skies.

Christmas trees were spread by German settlers in to the most of European countries and in fact the United States. In 1846, Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert (who was German) had been featured in the London News standing around a Christmas tree. The royals were very popular and thus Christmas trees immediately became fashionable.

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