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How did the tradition of Christmas trees start?

By Paul Hughs

Ever thought about the reason some of us have real Christmas trees in our households at Christmas? It all started out a long time ago before the arrival of Christianity. Evergreen plants were an extraordinary token for many people in winter months, in a lot of countries they thought the plants would prevent wicked spirits and also sickness. This is why people put up branches of what we know nowadays as the real Christmas tree on top of the doors and the windows to their dwellings.

The winter season solstice was celebrated on the shortest day of the year by many in the N . Hemisphere. This had been because people worshiped the sun to be a god and during the winter season they believed he was hurt. The greatest night-time and smallest day time symbolised a switching position from which the sun would start to mend. The evergreen plants were a reminder to the individuals that life would grow yet again once the sun god was cured.

They aren’t the only societies to worship the sun as a god, a lot of historic societies like the Celts, Vikings, Romans as well as ancient Egyptians worshiped the solstice in a similar fashion. Egyptians dangled palms throughout their dwelling while Romans adorned their residences with evergreen branches. They considered evergreen plants as a mark of eternal life.

Throughout the Sixteenth century German Christian believers started to bring real decorated Christmas trees into their homes. This is certainly regarded as the true origin of the Christmas tree tradition. A number of people added lighted candles to the tree that’s thought to have been started out by Martin Luther a Protestant reformer in the 16th century. All of the wax lights were seen to stand for the stars in the night skies.

Christmas trees were spread by German settlers in to the rest of Europe and even the US. In 1846, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (German) were showcased in the London News surrounding a Christmas tree. The royals had been extremely popular and due to this fact Christmas trees soon enough grew to become fashionable.

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