"O Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, as your branches are beautiful …"
But have you ever wondered about the history of the Christmas tree ? Like many Christmas traditions, the Christmas tree begins in the pagan era.
The pagans did not cut trees to decorate their houses, because they respected the living trees too much, but they decorated living trees with pieces of metal and candles at the winter solstice. The Romans used the trees decorated with Bacchus images for the Saturnalia celebrations.
In Northern Europe, the Germanic peoples decorated their trees with candles, apples and other fruits in honor of Woden.
For all these people, the tree represented eternal life.
Although the Christian use of the tree began in Germany in the 16th century and German immigrants drew tradition with them to America in the 17th century, it only became popular that Outside of Germanic culture.
In Britain, Queen Victoria had seen Christmas trees as a child, since the German queen of King George III hailed the tradition with her. Later, after Queen Victoria married his German cousin, Prince Albert, they celebrated Christmas with trees and their pictures in popular Christmas tree magazines. The custom has spread from there, in England and America. In the 1850s, there was a Christmas tree in the White House and the custom was established for good.
Today, in homes celebrating Christmas, the tree can take many forms, ranging from the huge living tree to the tiny artificial tree, from realistic trees to fancy trees of pink color. , silver or white. They can be decorated with paper chains and decorations or symphonies made of spun glass and crystal. But for everyone, trees represent the spirit of the season and the hope of finding and renewing life at the end of each year and the beginning of the next.
So, by loading the ornaments this year, toast to the tree and the traditions that it represents.