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Christmas Tree History

We have had Christmas trees for years, but where did they come from

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Emily Lemerand, Writer

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Evergreen fir trees were traditionally used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Pagans and Christians used branches of evergreens to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, which was a sign that spring was coming soon. There are many stories and myths of how trees have made their way into Christmas traditions.

Nearly 1,000 years ago,  Christmas trees were hung upside down from chandeliers. In Northern Europe, you would find Christmas trees- that were actually cherry or hawthorn plants- placed into pots, with hopes that they would bloom at Christmas time. Families who could not afford to buy a plant would build a pyramid of wood and decorate it like a tree.

The first Christmas tree documented was at a Christmas and New Year celebration. The trees were put up by an association of unmarried merchants, ship owners, and foreigners called the “Brotherhood of Blackheads.” Years later, a picture was documented from Germany which was of a tree with a man riding a horse. There is a rumor that the man on the horse was supposed to be representing St. Nick.

Today we think of Christmas trees being in our house and decorated. The first person known to do that was a German monk named Martin Luther in the 16th century. One night before Christmas, Martin Luther was walking through the forest to see the stars shining through the a tree. He went home and told his children that it reminded him of Christmas.

Through many generations of Christmas decorating, traditions, and families, Christmas trees have made their way into our holiday spirit.

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