It May Not Be What You Think!
The Christmas tree has become a symbol of good cheer and peace in the whole world. You will find them in the middle of a Christmas family gathering. As people enjoy the site of the tree, the question that stands is who came up with the idea of the Christmas tree. This is what we want to explore in this article.
Christmas trees have not always been associated with Christianity. During the ancient times, the winters were very brutal that the Romans and the Egyptians thought that their gods were struggling during this time just as they were struggling. They regarded winter as a time of death and any tree that remained standing and green after the winter was regarded to be holy and a sign that new life would be brought back by the gods after the winter.
Egyptians worshiped the sun god known as Ra. They believed that their god had fallen ill during the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Therefore people would use green palm rushes to decorate their homes, and this symbolized that their god would triumph over death.
To the Romans, the solstice was seen to be more of a celebration, and they held a feast known as the Saturnalia to honor Saturn, the god of agriculture. They would look forward to the spring and would celebrate by decorating they homestead with evergreen boughs.
It was in Germany during the 16th century that the Christmas tree started to look like it does today. Christians would Christmas pyramid with woods and decorate them with candles and evergreens while others would take the trees to their homes. The first person who was credited to add lights to a Christmas tree was Martin Luther. As Luther was preparing a sermon at night, he saw how incredibly the stars twinkled under the branches of the green trees. He captured the moment for his family by erecting the tree and attached some candles on it with a wiring. In the 17th century, many Puritan Americans saw a Christmas tree as a symbol for pagans. However, the Christians at this time were trying to stamp up the Christmas tree and the Christmas altogether. It was very serious for people were even fined for recognizing the pagan mockery as a holiday. Despite the attempts of the Puritan to keep the tradition from growing, the Irish and German settlers did all they could to grow the tradition.
The Christmas tree became more popular in 1846. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, and other British royals were sketched as they stood next to a Christmas tree. In the 19th century, the popularity and acceptance of the tree raised further in the US.
Christmas is celebrated everywhere in the world and trees are being decorated. However, every country has its special and unique brand of the holiday cheer. Christmas tree is a great tradition, and it does not seem to die in future. It has withstood the test of time, and people are going on appreciating the tree more as the days go on. Thousand years to come ancestors will look back, and they will be proud of how the sentient and metallic pyramid started as an evergreen tree.