Why do we put a tree in our house at Christmas time and decorate it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The modern custom cannot be proved to be directly descended from pagan tradition. It can, however, be traced to 16th century Germany; Ingeborg Weber-Keller (Marburg professor of European ethnology) identified as the earliest reference a Bremen guild chronicle of 1570 which reports how a small fir was decorated with apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers, and erected in the guild-house, for the benefit of the guild members' children, who collected the dainties on Christmas day. Another early reference is from Basel, where the tailor apprentices carried around town a tree decorated with apples and cheese in 1597.

    The city of Riga, Latvia, claims to be home of the first holiday tree; an octagonal plaque in the town square reads "The First New Year's Tree in Riga in 1510", in eight languages. During the 17th century, the custom entered family homes. One Strasbourg priest, Johann Konrad Dannerhauer, complains about the custom as distracting from the Word of God.

    By the early 18th century, the custom had become common in towns of the upper Rhineland, but it had not yet spread to rural areas. Wax candles are attested from the late 18th century. The Christmas tree remained confined to the upper Rhineland for a relatively long time. It was regarded as a Protestant custom by the Catholic majority along the lower Rhine and was spread there only by Prussian officials who were moved there in the wake of the Congress of Vienna in 1815.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The tradition is actually a pagan one from northern Europe that was adopted by the Christian church and incorporated into the holiday. The decorations of the tree were said to represent the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. And the date is also originally a pagan holiday date that the church took over to bring more into the flock.

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  • 4 years ago

    NV's were given the right theory. Martin Luther interior the sixteenth century replaced into surprised at how the celebrities appeared shining with the help of the fir timber at evening, and extra residing house a tree and lit candles on it. at the same time as the German immigrants got here to u . s . a ., they extra their custom of Christmas timber with them. also: the tree has 3 aspects like the Trinity is 3: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, evergreens under no circumstances lose their needles or turn colorations, like God is continually there for us.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It truly is a pagan practice that was adopted by Christians long ago.

    Here is a link to a google video (it's called Christmas Unwrapped) that will explain the traditions of Christmas. It's about 30 minutes long and not the greatest video quality, but worth watching regardless of your religious beliefs.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7951618892...

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  • J D
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    1 decade ago

    Ever hear of a little thing called "tradition"? Do some research and you will find out where this particular tradition came from.

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  • john t
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    1 decade ago

    the gifts will get weather destroyed outside.

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