Friday, December 16, 2011
Friday Fact- Christmas Trees
Here are some Christmas tree facts I found for you.
Wood priest in Great Britain known as Druids used evergreens for winter solstice rituals. Holly and mistletoe were synmbols of eternal life and they placed evergreen branches over door to keep away the evil spirits.
During the Middle Ages Germans and Scandinavians put evergreen trees inside and by their doors on the outside to show hope for the upcoming spring.
A legend from the year 1500 tells of Martin Luther starting the tradition of decorating trees for Christmas. On a Christmas Eve he walked through a wooded area and was awed by the beauty of the branches dusted with snow and how they glistened in the moonlight. that night he placed a small fir tree inside his home and decorated it with candles to honor Christ's birth and shared the story of his walk through the wooded area to his children.
Do you have your tree up? What is your favorite thing about your Christmas tree or tradition?