Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 15

Christmas Tree before dressed

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

The first person thought  to have brought a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. 

The first Christmas Trees came to Britain sometime in the 1830s. They became very popular in 1841, when Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's German husband) had a Christmas Tree set up in Windsor Castle. 


  1. I'm really looking forward to the Christmassy episode of Victoria, which is on sometime over Christmas. Thanks for all the facts about Christmas trees. Barbara xx

  2. Thank you for that info. I knew the last bit only about their popularity. Take care.


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