why do we decorate a christmas tree
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tree? Millions of people across Wales will spend this weekend visiting farms, de-tangling lights and arguing about whether a star or angel should go on top. Then of course there are the baubles, tinsel and gifts to go underneath. The first recorded tree put up for Christmas can be found in 1510 in Latvia, according to the Christianity Today website. But the tradition actually travels even further back than that - here is everything that you need to know. Why do we have Christmas trees? According to History. com, long before the advent of Christianity, ancient people would decorate their homes with pine, spruce and fir trees during the winter - much like we do today. In many countries at this time, many believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits and illness. In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22, and is called the winter solstice. The Ancient Egyptians would celebrate this time by filling their homes with green palm rushes which symbolised for them the triumph of life over death.
Early Romans also marked the Solstice by host a great feast and decorating their homes and temples with evergreen boughs, as did Northern Europe's mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts. Even the fierce Vikings in Scandinavia got involved with the festivities, and believed that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder. Despite this history, it is Germany however, who is credited with the tradition that we know and love today. It was during the 16th Century that Christians brought decorated trees into their home. Why do we decorate Christmas trees? It is believed that Christmas trees became a symbol of Christmas during the 1500s, after being decorated for use in biblical and nativity plays. The plays were then banned in the 16th century because they were too rowdy, leading people to start taking them into their own homes instead. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. As more homes took part, the tradition grew - and eventually churches began taking in decorated trees as well. In 1846, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree.
Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable in Britain, and further afield in America. And Christmas lights? It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, following a sermon he composed, he was delighted to see the stars twinkling among the evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and attached lighted candles to its branches with wire. When is the official time to put up a Christmas tree? The Romans are said to have waited until after noon of Christmas eve to put up their tree, but nowadays most either put a tree up on December 1 or on the second Saturday in December. People putting up Christmas trees can be traced back to the 1500s in eastern Europe. The first recorded tree put up for Christmas can found in 1510 in Latvia and 1521 in Slovakia, according to the Christianity Today website. However, the tradition of putting trees in homes during wintertime and not just Christmas goes back even further to the pagan times.
Here is everything you need to know. Why do we have Christmas trees? Using thePgreen leaves of an evergreen tree to decorate homes during wintertime started as aPPagan tradition, designed as a symbol of life amid the dark, cold winter nights. The traditionPdates back to the Roman times with them doing so usually around their New Year celebrations. PPeople in northern Europe did something similar although many placed the branches in boxes for the entirety of winter. Early Christians were pretty reluctant to adopting the idea with one prominent christian from the second century, Tertullian, beingPquoted as saying: Let them over whom the fires of hell are imminent, affix to their posts, laurels doomed presently to burn: to them the testimonies of darkness and the omens of their penalties are suitable. You are a light of the world, and a tree ever green. If you have renounced temples, make not your own gate a temple. This stance softenedPafter missionaries spread aPlegend saying that every tree miraculously threwPoff ice and snow when Christ was born to reveal green branches, according to the Christianity Today website. Why do we decorate trees?
It wasnt until the 1500s that these evergreen trees started being associated with Christmas. The jump from being a wintertime decoration to a symbol of Christmas is believed to have come from trees being decorated in biblical and nativity plays. The plays got rowdier and rowdier and many were banned in the 16th century, leading to people starting to decorate their homes instead with a Christmas treePtaking pride of place. The tradition grew from there and eventually churches started putting decorated Christmas trees up as well. What about Christmas tree lights? When churches began putting up Christmas trees, they would often go up next to shelves stacked with candles. These candles were soon used to decorate the tree, which later evolved into putting up Christmas lights and ornaments. When should you put up a Christmas Ptree? Christmas trees vary widely these days with some opting for real Norwegian spruces and others opting for fake plastic ones that can be pulled out of the attic each year. The Romans are said to have waited until after noon on Christmas eve to putPup a tree, but these days most either put a tree up on December 1Por the second Saturday in December. MORE: MORE:
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