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History of the Christmas tree

By James Chari, Katie Cross

Asked the reason why some of us have real Christmas trees in our households at Christmas? It started out a long time ago long before the arrival of Christianity. Evergreen vegetation were a individual sign for people in winter season, in lots of countries they believed the plants and trees would prevent bad spirits and diseases. For this reason people strung limbs of what everyone knows today as the real Christmas tree above the doors and the windows of their dwellings.

The winter solstice was celebrated on the shortest day of the season by many in the Upper hemisphere. That was because people worshiped the sun like a god and through winter time they believed he was sick and tired. The longest night and shortest day time symbolised a turning stage from which the sun would begin to get better. All of the evergreen plants were a reminder to the people that all life would grow back again when the sun god was healthier.

They were not the only civilizations to worship the sun as being a god, many past people like the Celts, Vikings, Romans plus the ancient Egyptians worshiped the solstice in a similar way. Egyptians suspended green palms throughout their residence while Romans adorned their properties with evergreen branches. All of them considered the evergreen trees as a sign of eternal life.

From the Sixteenth century German Christian believers began to move real decorated Christmas trees in to their households. That is thought to be the beginning of the Christmas tree tradition. Lots of people added lit up wax lights to the tree that’s thought to have been began by Martin Luther a Protestant reformer of the Sixteenth century. The wax lights were viewed to symbolize the stars in the night time skies.

The tradition of Christmas trees were then spread by German settlers to the remainder of European countries and even the United States of America. In 1846, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ( German) had been showcased in the London News standing around a Christmas tree. The queen had been very well liked and therefore Christmas trees immediately became fashionable.

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Cross, James C. K. "History of the Christmas tree." History of the Christmas tree. 13 Aug. 2012. 2 Aug 2014 <>.

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Cross, J (2012, August 13). History of the Christmas tree. Retrieved August 2, 2014, from

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Cross, James C. K. "History of the Christmas tree"

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