Friday, December 24, 2010

The Origin of Christmas Tree?

As we prepare for Christmas and set up our Christmas tree, have we ever think how this tree originated?

 As I stroll around SM City Cebu's Northwing area mid December, I've seen their nice decorated, enchanting Christmas trees displayed in the area. Then I've seen a note written in the corner that made me pause and think that this is worth to share to my readers. And thus I made this post for all of you. This maybe true or not but at least we have an idea. And the posted note states like:

"As with many customs or traditions of today, the Christmas tree has it's origins rooted in a number of regional practices that have since settled into a few basic versions.

Christmas Trees at SM City Cebu's Northwing Area
Some say that the tree represents the one whose wood was made into cross and used to crucify Jesus of Nazareth. Others say that its origin goes back to the original Tree of Knowledge and that is why so many early decorations were apples. Those who point to the ancient Roman celebration of Saturnalia as a source for our contemporary trees note the evergreens were used as decoration during that long ago holiday that ended on December 25. The evergreen theme continues to wave its way through the history of Christmas Trees as a symbol of the promise of life to come after months of cold winter. This particularly holds true in Germany, the home of many of the legends we still honor in one way or another.

Another quick look
Over the centuries various saints have been associated with Christmas trees. An illustration from around 1600 A.D. shows St. Christopher with the Christ Child riding on his shoulders and passing under a leafless tree that has a variety of fruit, candy, baskets and what looks  suspiciously like glass ball ornaments hanging from it. It took more than two centuries and  a transformation from deciduous to evergreen for the idea to move fully take hold however.

Another saint ties together both the concept of the Christmas tree and the date when Christmas is celebrated. Joseph of Arimathea is said to have gone to Britain around December of 63 A.D. to bring Christianity to the Britons. By then an old man, Joseph carried a staff to aid in walking. Upon reaching the crest of the bluff above where his boat had landed, the tired and cold Joseph thrust his staff of hawthorn into the ground where it immediately took root and bloomed. While Britain had other varieties of hawthorn, this particular bush was the only one to bloom at Christmas time."



:) I think its roots came from the pagan festival "Yule" in pre-christian Germany. Christianity later "stole" it as one of its own.

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