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Christmas Tree Origin

St Boniface Story:

Christmas Tree Origin
The association of these trees with Christianity began in Germany thousands years ago. Legend has it that in those days, St Boniface converted German people to Christianity.

Once in 722 he is said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree but to his surprise a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree pointing towards the heaven. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. In this way, Fir trees became symbolical for Christianity. However, it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

The origin of these trees as symbols of Christianity also evolved from Pagan tradition. The
pagans revered these evergreen trees as manifestations of the God because they stayed green and alive when other plants appeared dead and bare in cold winters. Thus, the trees represented everlasting life and hope for the return of spring.

Queen Victoria Story:

There are many such stories associated with the origin of the Christmas Tree, one more story is about Queen Victoria, who often used to visit Germany and during her one of the stay in Germany she fell in love with Prince Albert, they both got married and came back to England. Back in England Prnice Albert decorated a tree and since that time the English men are celebrating the Christmas with the holy tree and showing their love for the Queen Victoria.

Martin Luther Story:

According to this story, one Christmas Eve in around 1500, Martin Luther was walking through the snow covered woods and fall in love with the snow glistened trees. The moonlight enhanced the shine of the trees. So when he reached back home he decorated a small Christmas tree fir with beautiful Candles in the honor of Christ's birth.

Since the day of its origin, Christmas tree is considered as the sacred symbol of Christmas. It represents a hope for new life after the dread period of winter of December. Its evergreen appearance heralds new and fresh life of spring.

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