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It is impossible to talk about Christmas without thinking about the Christmas tree. In many houses, fir is the main decoration of these dates. You have to go back to the second and third millennium BC. to discover the origins of the Christmas tree.
At that time, Indo-European peoples, expanding throughout Europe and Asia, celebrated the birth of the fertility god, Frey, by decorating an evergreen tree around Christian Christmas.
With the evangelization of these peoples, Christians took that tradition, but transforming its meaning, to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus. And with the passage of time it became customary to decorate the Christmas tree with lights, angels, bows, garlands, etc.
The tree of the Child Jesus. Legend has it that, in the first half of the 8th century, an oak tree that the pagans considered sacred fell on a fir tree. Miraculously, it was left intact, so the tree of the child Jesus was proclaimed. Its triangular shape was said to be representative of the Holy Trinity, with God the Father at the top.
- The fir of Christianity
A story very similar to the previous one says that, also in the 8th century, the English monk Winfrid cut down an oak on Christmas Eve that was used in pagan festivals to offer sacrificial lives. In that same place a fir tree sprouted, 'miraculously', so it was decided to take this tree as an emblem of Christianity.
- The luminous tree
Another legend leads us to King Arthur. It is said that Persifal, one of the Knights of the Round Table, discovered a tree full of bright lights, moving like stars, while searching for the Holy Grail or chalice of Jesus' Last Supper.
Also the German writer Goethe, in his book 'Werther', made mention of a leafy bush full of candies and religious figures.
- The tree of eternal life
Some say that the origin of the tree must be attributed to the English monk Saint Boniface. It is said that, in one of his trips, he found a group of pagans around a large pine tree at the moment when they were going to sacrifice a child in honor of the god Thor.
To avoid the sacrifice and save the little one, Saint Boniface brought down the tree with a powerful and powerful blow of his fist. The saint told those gathered that this pine was the tree of Christ's eternal life.
- Colored lights in the forest
A certain story tells that Martin Luther King, walking through a forest on Christmas Eve, was dazzled by the beauty of millions of stars that shone through the branches of the trees.
He was so impressed that he decided to cut down a small tree and take it home. There he recreated the same beauty that he saw in the forest hanging colored lights.
The modern Christmas tree comes from Germany. Its first references date back to the end of the 16th century, when a tree was decorated to warm the Christmas cold, a custom that quickly spread throughout the world.
It was not until the 19th century that it would reach Great Britain, France, the United States, Puerto Rico, China and Japan. And the tradition of decorated fir came from England to the United States, in the days of colonization. August Imgard, a man from Ohio, is credited with installing the first Christmas tree, in 1847.
From that moment on, North American culture has been the standard bearer for Christmas decoration. In Spain, the Christmas tree arrived at the beginning of the 20th century.
Christmas trees come in different sizes, they can be natural or artificial, and have more or less decoration, but all Christmas trees are assembled with the same love and enthusiasm. Do you want to ride one? Here are some tips:
- Before starting to decorate the Christmas tree, it is necessary to choose a pleasant place with a nearby socket. Once all the fir branches have been chosen and stretched, it is time to decorate it.
- The lights are placed, from bottom to top, distributing them well throughout the tree.
- With the help of the children, the Christmas decorations are placed evenly: angels, pinecones, bells, bows, balls, stars, garlands, etc. The heaviest will be put on the inside and the lightest on the tips of the branches.
- Finally, the largest and heaviest ornament, a star, an angel or even a Santa Claus, is placed on the highest part of the Christmas tree to crown it.
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