Christmas Eve 2016

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.


Modern Christmas trees emerged in western Germany during the 16th century as Christians brought trees into their homes and decorated them with gingerbread, nuts and apples.
Early Romans used evergreens to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia, while ancient Egyptians used green palm rushes as part of their worship of the god Ra.
The idea of bringing the evergreen fir free into the house represents fertility and new life in the darkness of winter and so the xmas tree evolved.
That became a symbol of Christ, being triangular in shape it represents the trinity and from there came the idea that the tree should be a symbol of Christ and new life.
While the Christmas tree originated in Germany, it was Britain’s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who popularised it in the 1840s and 1850s.
Victoria’s mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, was German so she grew up having a decorated tree at Christmas time.


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