why do we decorate pine trees at christmas

12. 05. 16
Is it strange that you feel obligated to bring a tree into your house every year only to remove it one month later? Why in the world do you feel the need to bring a pine tree into your home on Christmas? Why do you only do it on Christmas? No one knows for certain why we decorate pine trees on Christmas. Based on historical evidence, it is too difficult to tell who started the tradition. However, many of the Christmas tree traditions honor Jesus, and therefore it can encourage us to continue such traditions to honor Christ. While people have decorated trees for hundreds of years, the 16 century German preacher Martin Luther, was the first person believed to have carried a pine tree into his home to decorate for Christmas. The story is told that, one night before Christmas, Martin was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through a pine trees branches. It was so beautiful that he went home with the tree. He told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. Martin and his family hung candles on the tree as decorations to remind them of Jesus because Jesus is the light of the world. б By the mid-1800Бs decorating a pine tree on Christmas had become so popular that the King and Queen of England began decorating a Christmas tree. The story of Martin Luther is one of several stories that help us understand one aspect to the beginning of this Christmas tradition. However, other Christmas tree stories that surround our Christmas tree tradition give us a slightly different understanding of why we decorate pine trees on Christmas. Rather than point to one specific reason why we decorate trees, it is good for us to see a few special reasons. These traditions for pine tree decorating help us to remember why Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

Together we will look at three Christ focused reasons why we decorate pine trees. Reasons #1: While others trees look dead during winter, the pine tree is healthy and alive. Shortly after the fall season begins, trees start losing their leaves, but not the pine tree. During the winter months, you can look across a forest and find the pine tree displaying a healthy green color. The pine tree is always alive. Just as the pine tree is always alive, Jesus remains alive forever. Just as winter will not stop a pine tree, death will not stop Jesus. A Devotional Thought: Complete the thought according to John 14:6, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the _____ According to Romans 6:9 what did Jesus overcome forever? Reason #2: The pine tree points to heaven. While all other trees get bushy and broad on top, the top of a pine tree narrows down to just a single branch. It is shaped like an arrow, pointing to the sky. This pointing tree reminds us to look up to heaven. Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins as a servant and He will return as King from heaven above. A Devotional Thought: What does Titus 2:12-13 tell us to do? ____________________________________ б Reason #3: The green pine reminds us to look forward to a time when other trees will come back to life. The pine tree is a symbol of hope that spring will bring other trees back to life. Just as the pine tree causes us to look forward to new life in the Spring, Jesus encourages us to look forward to new life in Him. A Devotional Thought: Read Ephesians 2:4-6 and answer, what did Jesus do for us? ___________________ Read Revelation 21:1-4. What does this passage say about the life we will have with Jesus in heaven? ___________ Final Thought: We have examined three reasons why we decorate pine trees for Christmas.

However, they donБt have to be the only reasons why we decorate. We decorate Christmas trees to point us to Jesus. Ask others in your family, БHow can the Christmas tree remind you of JesusБ? Christmas tree, an, often a or a, decorated with lights and ornaments as a part of festivities. Christmas trees can be fresh cut, potted, or artificial and are used as both indoor and outdoor decorations. While the trees are traditionally associated with Christian symbolism, their modern use is largely. Many families place presents around an indoor Christmas tree to be opened on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Christmas tree in Frankfurt, Germany Christmas tree, decorated with lights, at the Rцmerplatz in Frankfurt, Germany. б sborisov/Stock. com Christmas tree History of the Christmas tree. Contunico б ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Mainz The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the to scare away the and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime. It survived further in the custom, also observed in Germany, of placing a Yule tree at an entrance or inside the house during the midwinter holidays. The modern Christmas tree, though, originated in western. The main prop of a popular play about paradise tree,Б a fir tree hung with apples, that represented the. The Germans set up a paradise tree in their homes on December 24, the religious Adam and Eve. They hung wafers on it (symbolizing the, the Christian sign of redemption); in a later tradition the wafers were replaced by cookies of various shapes. , symbolic of as the light of the world, were often added.

In the same room was the БChristmas pyramid,Б a triangular construction of wood that had shelves to hold Christmas figurines and was decorated with evergreens, candles, and a star. By the 16th century the Christmas pyramid and the paradise tree had merged, becoming the Christmas tree. The custom was widespread among the German by the 18th century, but it was not until the following century that the Christmas tree became a deep-rooted German tradition. Introduced into England in the early 19th century, the Christmas tree was popularized in the mid-19th century by German, husband of. The Victorian tree was decorated with toys and small gifts, candles, candies, popcorn strings, and fancy cakes hung from the branches by ribbon and by paper chains. Taken to by German settlers as early as the 17th century, Christmas trees were the height of fashion by the 19th century. They were also popular in Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and the Netherlands. In China and Japan, Christmas trees, introduced by Western missionaries in the 19th and 20th centuries, were decorated with intricate paper designs. as early as the 1870s, many produced in small workshops in Germany and Bohemia, which also created decorations made from tinsel, cast, beads, pressed paper, and cotton batting. In the United States, was selling $25 million in ornaments annually by 1890, by which time strings of electric tree lights were also available. In the 1930s, artificial trees made of bristles were developed in the United States, and the 1950s and 1960s saw the of aluminum and trees. Artificial trees gained significant popularity, particularly in countries where fresh trees were hard to procure.

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