Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Traditions: Trees

A little background on the glistening trees of Christmas.

History has it that the custom of welcoming a Christmas tree into one's home began in early modern Germany. It is said that this special tree can be traced to the 16th (and perhaps even the 15th century) in which Christians brought decorated trees into their homes…







However, it all began one winter’s night back in 1536. A man by the name of Martin Luther was walking about through a pine forest in close proximity of his home (in Wittenberg) when he looked up and discovered a beautiful site: thousands of stars, almost jewel-like sat amongst the trees' branches. Indeed, this incredible sight "inspired him to set up a candle-lit fir tree in his house that Christmas to remind his children of the starry heavens from whence their Saviour came."

And of course, since its beginnings, new traditions of the classic Christmas tree have been added… such as tinsel, beautiful ornaments, and popcorn… parcels and nativity scenes tucked underneath. Each year, extra love and care goes into each and every light strung, as each ornament is unwrapped from years past, as each smile is formed and each time we glance up and appreciate, enjoy, and stand, in awe…

I would love to know—what is your favorite Christmas tree tradition?

Images: 01 via Vicki Archer | 02 via Paris Hotel Boutique | 03 via AnoukB | 04 via Vicki Archer | 05 via Ophelia's Renaissance | 06 via Paris Hotel Boutique | 07 Aurelie Lily | 08 via Pinterest & Karya | 09 via Laura Leonetti
Quote: History Today

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