Where did the idea of using a Christmas tree in your home come from?
This questions, I believe, was made very popular a few years ago with an episode of Big Bang Theory. As Sheldon explains in the episode Pagans believed that before the winter solstice it was a good custom to bring in plants to save their "essence" during the winter. This was eventually picked up by the Norther-Europeans and was eventually turned into the Christmas tree.
Of course this is only one of the many possible explanations. Do a Google search and you will find a whole bunch of other reasons. Hope that answered your question. (This site in particular was a good one: http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/ … lStory.htm)
Other beliefs include plays where the tree had apples added to it, which were eventually replaced by fake apples (or things that looked like apples) which later became our modern day ornaments.
The tradition of using evergreen boughs, including holly and mistletoe, as decoration during winter celebrations is ancient. In the Middle East, trees were traditionally cut down, brought into the home, and decorated. Evergreens are a natural symbol of hope and the promise of renewed life in the spring during a time when most plants are barren in European climates. Today, the Christmas tree is the most famous and widely used legacy of this tradition.
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