Sunday, June 11, 2017
A history of the Christmas Tree.
Nobody is really sure when trees were first used as Christmas trees. It probably began about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Ancient inhabitants of northern Europe cut evergreen trees and planted them in boxes inside their houses in wintertime. The first documented use of a tree at Christmas and New Year celebrations is argued between the cities of Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia! Both claim that they had the first trees; Tallinn in 1441 and Riga in 1510.
The evergreen tree was an ancient symbol of life in the midst of winter. Romans decorated their houses with evergreen branches during the New Year. If you couldn’t afford a real plant, people made pyramids of woods and they were decorated to look like a tree with paper, apples, and candles. Sometimes they were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.
The Romans are said to have waited until afternoon on Christmas Eve to put up a tree, but these days most either put a tree up on December 1 or the second Saturday in December. Shopping malls, on the other hand, …they like to get in there first ;)