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The Origins of the Christmas Tree

Updated on December 15, 2011

The Christmas Tree's History

Have you ever wondered where the idea of the Christmas tree came from? Or what it really stands for? Well, let me tell you the story of the tree and where the star on top, the decorations and the lights began.

The Paradise Tree

In the middle ages, they decorated a fir tree with apples and white wafers. The white wafers were in representation of the body of Christ. The white wafers were used during Holy Communion and were a reminder of the sacrifice Jesus gave on the cross. Soon the "paradise tree" was found in almost all homes and was a symbol of Jesus Christ Himself.

Eventually the wafers were replaced with pastries made to look like little men, animals, stars etc. They also began putting on "sweets" to represent the sweetness of redemption. In areas of Europe today it is still called the Paradise tree.

Truthfully, the idea of the Christmas was borrowed from the Pagans.

What Christians like it to symbolize

We put a star on top to remind us of the star of David which was seen in the sky around the time of Christ's birth and led the wise men to our Savior. The lights on our Christmas trees were to remind us that we are the lights of the world and are to bring the good news of Christ to the world. Originally, they used candles before electricity. The tree itself was once cedar to remind us that our Savior hung on a cross made of cedar wood.

There is much more in the tradition of the Christmas tree that I could share but I would have to write a book to cover it all.


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      Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thank you Barbara for the comment

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub.