Have you ever wondered where the tradition of the Christmas tree came from? Here are some interesting facts about it.
The evergreen branches are a promise of the coming spring and livened the home in the dark cold days of winter.
It was recognized by Christians early on predominantly in Western Germany. The “Feast Day of Adam and Eve” was celebrated on December 24th and included a play dramatizing the story of Garden of Eden. The evergreen tree, called a “Paradise Tree” was decorated with apples to symbolize the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. We know Christians wanted to think of the tree of life particularly because they added wafers (like those used in communion) that would decorate the tree. The tree itself represented the temptation Adam and Eve faced in the Garden and its “evergreen” nature showed us God’s undying love for us in all seasons.
Tradition says that Martin Luther himself added candles to the tree to further symbolize the light of God’s love for us.
The tree was largely thought to be a foreign custom of German Christians until 1848 when England’s Queen Victoria encouraged her German-born husband Prince Albert to decorate a tree as he had in his childhood. This tree was decorated with sweets, ornaments, candles and an angel and was published in the Illustrated London News. This new idea was a hit across England and the Christmas Tree came fully into fashion (minus the original play about Adam and Eve.) The people of England and America eagerly adopted this new tradition and the modern Christmas tree was born.
There’s a few things you probably didn’t know about you Christmas tree. This year. Let the light of your tree shine to remind you of the birth of Christ and the eternal life that was given through His life.