Everyone knows that Christmas is not just Christmas before your family organizes the Christmas tree. There is no other symbol of the holiday that is more universally recognized than a well-lit Christmas tree. The story of the Christmas tree begins in the sixth century.
Origin of the Christmas tree
According to the Christmas legend, the idea behind the tree comes from the actions of St. Boniface, commonly called the Apostle of the Germans. Seduced by his achievements in converting early Germans to Christianity, the legend states that Boniface slaughtered the Tree of Thor, a tree that had been revered as a symbol of the Nordic gods that they worshiped. By shooting down the tree, Boniface managed to convince the first Germans that they were following the wrong religion. The fir was then adopted as a symbol of Christianity in honor of St. Boniface's efforts.
More recently, in the 1600s, Martin Luther established the tradition of decorating with an evergreen tree to celebrate Christmas. The Christmas tree was considered a Protestant reaction to the nursery, which was considered a Catholic Christmas decoration
Christmas Tree Decorations
Very early in the development of the Christmas tree, people realized that there was a lot of fun to have in the accessorization of the tree. In 1584, the first recorded example of decoration of a tree was made in Estonia, where a spruce was decorated and the young men and women of the village danced around him. Meanwhile in the history of the popular holiday tree, most of the holiday celebrations were organized around the various trading guilds that could be found in each city. Each guild chooses a tree that will serve as the centerpiece of the guild hall, then decorate it. He then served as a focal point for the Christmas festivities of this guild.
Christmas Trees in the 20th Century
The 20th century saw the use of large holiday trees by the cities to serve as the center of the community. holiday events. A popular tradition is the establishment of the national Christmas tree, proudly planted on the South Lawn of the White House and illuminated each year by the President of the United States during a televised ceremony filled of all the apparitions that the nation can gather. The national tree tradition began in 1923. The celebration of the national Christmas tree has adapted to changing times, including its recent conversion to solar electricity to power its many lights.
The holiday tree adorning the Rockefeller Center square in New York tradition of long-term vacation. The square is turned into an ice rink to accompany the tree. The use of the Rockefeller Center by NBC's entertainment and news divisions has made lighting this beautiful tree has become a popular TV event, with musicians and comics producing a production from the lighting of the tree. This holiday season, you will take part in a century-old tradition of Christmas that will delight you for generations to come.