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The first snow has yet to fall or has arrived in different parts of Europe. Those of us who love Christmas are already dreaming about it. Many of us have vivid memories from childhood that involve Christmas: waking up and rushing to find our gifts under the tree, writing to Santa, helping our mothers make cookies and of course, decorating the Christmas tree. Today we asked: how did the tradition of the Christmas tree start?
There’s a bit of magic that only happens round December 25th: we wake up in the morning, looking out the window and seeing glittering white snow on the ground, our house smell of oranges and cinnamon and Christmas songs set the mood in our homes.
The Origins of the Christmas Tree
Germans are credited for the tradition of the Christmas tree as we know it. It all started back in the 16th century, when German Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. In the absence of a real tree, they built a pyramid of wood and embellished it with evergreens and candles. The Protestant reformer , Martin Luther might have been the first one to light candles in the Christmas tree. He was inspired on his way back home one night by the beautifully the stars twinkle in the sky, amidst evergreens. He wanted to show his family the beauty he’d witnessed and lit candles in the tree.
Slowly but surely, the custom of decorating the Christmas tree engulfed Europe and the US. In 1846, Queen Victoria and her husband Albert were sketched sitting around the Christmas tree with their children. As they were extremely popular, they had set a new trend for everyone to follow: the Christmas tree became a must have for every family. By the end of the 19th century, ornaments were arriving from Germany to all those in love with this tradition.
Even though skeptical at first, Americans embraced this custom and soon made it their own. Electricity brought about more than just technological breakthroughs. It brought Christmas lights so that the Christmas tree could glow beautifully for days on end.
Could you imagine Christmas without a Christmas tree?
References: history.com, topmarks.co.uk
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