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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Origins of the Xmas Tree

Long has the fir tree been associated with Christianity, it began in Germany about 1,000 years ago when St. Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshiping an oak tree. In anger, St. Boniface cut down the oak and to his surprise a young fir grew from the roots of the oak. St. Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. It was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.