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The Story of the Christmas Tree

By December 22, 2009

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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)

Comments
December 21, 2008 at 10:43 am
(1) Sharell says:

How interesting. I really didn’t know that. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

December 23, 2009 at 5:59 am
(2) Henry says:

We can’t picture Christmas without a Christmas tree. Since childhood, I love to decorate and beautify it with stars, bulbs, glittering accessories, bubbles and toys. Today when I’m 32, I wait for Christmas to bring out that child residing in me waiting the whole for this prosperous day. Since last 32 year I’ve been celebrating Christmas but when I was in Singapore in 2007 I saw the biggest Christmas tree there and I was just WOW. That tree was around 12 feet tall and embellished with exclusive decorative materials. I still thank my tour planners http://zapbooking.com/ for that trip in which I got to see an incredible and gigantic Christmas tree.

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