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The history of the Christmas tree



Christmas tree

The Christmas tree decorated with lights is one of the most famous symbols of the holiday, and it is the symbol of Christmas, which is an evergreen tree – usually, a cypress tree – that is placed inside the house during the Christmas period and is decorated with lights and other decorations.


The history of the Christmas tree

The custom of decorating the Eid tree is a common habit among many people of the Christian faith, and a few other sects as a kind of celebration of Eid and New Year, and the tree remains upright until the Feast of the Epiphany.

Returning to the New Testament Bible, there is no link or mention of the Christmas tree, as it began in Germany in the Middle Ages, and Germany was in that period rich in evergreen coniferous forests, and a pagan habit was spread especially for several tribes that worshiped the god (Thor He is the god of forests and thunder, and the custom was for those tribes to decorate trees for the god and place a human victim on one of them.

It is said that in the year of seven hundred and twenty-two, Saint Boniface went to them to preach to them, and in the meantime, he saw them celebrating under an oak tree, and they tied a child and they slaughtered him as a sacrifice to their gods. That the true God is a living God and he is the god of compassion, love, and peace, and God has come to save people from their torment, not to destroy them in His name.

Meanwhile, the Qais chopped down that oak tree, and in the meantime, he saw the spruce – the current Christmas tree – and told them that it represented the Child Jesus.

The saint succeeded in his missionary mission, and those tribes embraced the Christian religion, but they did not abolish the habit of placing the tree during the Christmas period. Rather, they converted what the tree symbolized into Christian symbols, and some customs in it, such as the habit of placing an ax and a human sacrifice, were put in place, and a star was put in place of it. This star symbolizes the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, but the spread of the tree remained within the German borders, and it had not yet been approved by the Church, and therefore it did not turn into a social habit at that time.

In the fifteenth century AD, the custom of adopting the tree during the feast passed to France, and it was decorated with red ribbons, candles, and red apples, and at that time it was considered a symbol of the tree of life mentioned in Genesis, in addition to being a symbol of light – the reason for lighting it with candles – and the light. It symbolizes Christ and is one of his titles mentioned in The Light of the World (the New Testament).

The lighting in the tree was attributed to the German monk Martin Luther, but it did not become a common event yet until it entered England after it was introduced by Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and from there it spread to Canada, Australia and the United States of America, after which the Christmas tree turned into a distinctive dye symbolizing the feast after To be spread around the world.

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