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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysChristmas · 2 months ago

At Christmas how did we get the tradition of Christmas trees?

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  • Justin
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    2 months ago
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    Originally, the idea of giving and setting up 'trees' for Christmas comes from how frankincense and myrrh resins are both derived from evergreen or similar trees of the incense family. The bark is cut in various places and the resin flows into the deep cuts and hardens several months before it is harvested. To have the special incense ready for Christmas, this was done with living trees well in advance, then the trees were chopped down similarly to how we chop down Christmas trees. They were carried in great caravans and sold to people in Europe from as far away as Somalia in Africa or desert oases in Arabia.

    Once the people purchased the trees, they set them up in their homes to release their beautiful fragrance and decorate them for Christmas. Afterwards, the trees were 'harvested' for the valuable incense resin and the wood was also valuable for burning or making special boxes for storing their Christmas incense. 

    Since these trees were very expensive, the poorer folks just used local evergreen trees and their sap. Over time, the use of the trees for their fragrant resins got forgotten by most people but the Christmas decoration remained.

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