These days, families all over the world put up a decorated and illuminated Christmas tree; did you know that this custom originated in the 16th century in Germany?
Back then, small firs were decorated with apples, nuts, and paper flowers on December 24th, and legend has it that church reformist Martin Luther was the first to put candles on his Christmas tree.
One evening, on his way back home, Luther admired the moonlit tipped trees and wanted to recreate that magic moment for his family at home. He put small wax candles on the Christmas firs in his living-room - and the Christmas tree as we know it was born.
(Photo by Jule_Berlin)