Christmas Tree Skirt is a wonderful pattern, agree? But the Christmas tree is one of the most popular symbols of Christmas celebrations. Usually the Christmas tree can be a pine tree or even an artificial one (made of plastic and in many different colors). Following tradition, families decorate the tree with objects that symbolize Christmas, such as balls of various colors, pine cones, artificial snow, and colored lights.
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The pine tree symbolizes life, as it is one of the few trees that always stays green, even during winter, when most trees lose their leaves.
The custom of decorating Christmas trees is common among Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, and even atheists or agnostics.
Origin of the Christmas tree
The tradition of using trees to decorate houses dates back to ancient times. Egyptians, Celts, Romans, and even the Vikings used to bring these plants indoors.
The trees were used as decoration at the winter solstice and symbolized that at the end of this season the sun would reappear and the plants would grow again.
But although they had been used for centuries, it was around the 1500s that Christmas trees became a Christian custom. Historians attribute this tradition to Martin Luther.
The Germanic people at that time were in the habit of decorating their houses with wooden pyramids and tree leaves. According to the legend, while walking through the forest, Luther was enchanted by the sight of a pine tree covered in snow and the stars shining in the sky.
When he got home, he tried to reproduce for his family the beautiful image he had seen, using branches from a pine tree, absorbent cotton (to symbolize the snow), and some candles imitating the stars.
The Christmas tree tradition did not spread quickly throughout Europe. It was only in 1846, after the publication of an illustration of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with their children wrapped around a Christmas tree full of presents, that people in other countries began to use it.
Curiosities about Christmas tree assembly day
In Brazil, the tradition is to put up the Christmas tree on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, that is, at the beginning of Advent. In Portugal, the trees start being put up on December 8, the Day of the Immaculate Conception.
In the United States it is customary to prepare the Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving, which happens on the 4th Thursday of November.
The tradition is not to put up the Christmas tree all at once, but to put it up little by little. Starting on December 17 the final preparations should be made, so that the tree will be complete for December 24, Christmas Eve.
Traditionally the Christmas tree is dismantled on January 6, Three Kings Day. This is the day the Magi arrived in Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus Christ.
One of the most important decorations on the tree is the star of Bethlehem, placed at the top. According to biblical stories, it was the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Magi to the birthplace of Jesus.
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