I love how the Christmas Tree fills our home with brightness, light, warmth, gratitude, comfort, colour, a sense of calm, family, celebration, and a symbol of our annual rhythm. Whilst I’ve always loved setting up the Christmas Tree in the lead up to the end of year celebrations, recently I’ve been really curious as to its history.
The earliest references seem to be during the celebrations of the Winter solstice, when ancient civilizations (Egyptians, Romans, Druids…) treasured and worshiped evergreen trees as a symbol of life triumphing over death. Then in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreens at their entrances in the hope of the forthcoming Spring.
The Christians began honoring Christ’s birth with fir trees lit by candles in their homes around 1500, after Martin Luther was supposedly moved by the beauty of the moonlight on the snow dusted evergreen trees in the forest. It is said that the starlit sky reminded him of the heaven that overlooked Bethlehem at the birth of Jesus.
The Christmas Tree tradition seems to have then moved slowly around the world, but one thing’s for sure: its history is rich in many legends.
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