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The Origins of Christmas Trees

The Origins of Christmas Trees

For decades, Christmas trees have been an iconic part of Christmas celebrations throughout the globe.

But where and when did this tradition begin?

While evergreen trees have been around for a while, today’s Christmas trees originated in western Germany.

One of the first Christmas trees appeared when a play titled Adam and Eve featured a prop, representing the garden of Eden.

It was called a “paradise tree.”

Later, Germans set up their own “paradise trees” in their homes.

Meanwhile, the Christmas “pyramid,” a wooden triangle with shelves for Christmas decorations and topped with a star, soon began to appear.

Eventually, these two traditions merged into one: the Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree became a staple with Lutherans in the 1700s, but became a true German tradition in the 19th century.

Later, it became more popular in England in the mid-1800s, thanks to German Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria.

The Christmas tree was introduced to North America by German settlers in the 17th century and taken to China and Japan in the 19th century.

Christmas trees quickly became the height of fashion.

Ornaments started appearing on store shelves as early as the 1870s, and business people in the US were selling $25 million in ornaments by the year 1890.

Today, Christmas trees are a widespread tradition, with families putting up trees worldwide.

The Christmas tree is now an undeniable part of the Christmas tradition.

 

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