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The tradition of displaying decorated fir trees in the home at Christmas dates back to the 1500's in Germany, though decorating the home with evergreen boughs during winter had been done since ancient times in Europe.
Trees and plants that stay green during the cold winter months, such as the fir tree, were believed to ward off evil spirits, and were symbols of life and resurrection.

Christmas tree - Wikipedia

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A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce , pine, or fir or ... In the Western Christian tradition, Christmas trees are variously erected on days .... The cust...

The History of Christmas Trees -- Christmas Customs and Traditions ...

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Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. ... He is said to have come across a group of pagans about to sacrifice a young boy while  ...

History of Christmas Trees - Christmas - HISTORY.com

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Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it .... to select a Christmas tree, a trip that their grandfathers probably did not make.

Why Do We Have Christmas Trees? | Christian History

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But this did not stop many churches from setting up Christmas trees inside the ... a time of celebration for Christians, the gift-giving tradition continued for a while.

All about the Christmas tree: Pagan origins, Christian adaptation ...

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Dec 29, 2000 ... The Christmas tree: Pagan origins, Christian adaptation and secular status. ... The first day of Hanukkah (a.k.a. Chanukah) occurs on the ... In Europe, Pagans in the past did not cut down whole evergreen trees, bring them into ...

The First Christmas Tree | History Today

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A Christmas tree for German soldiers in a temporary hospital in 1871Prince ... created in 1800, when the first real English Christmas tree appeared at court. ... a well-off family in the land that did not sport a Christmas tree in parlour or hall. ... Democracy has come to be regarded as the most desirable of all political systems.

Christmas Trees, A History | History Cooperative

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What I mean is, where did this idea of the Christmas tree come from? How did it begin and who was the first to place gifts for loved ones beneath or but shiny ...

Origin of the Christmas Tree - Jesus Christ

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Origin of the Christmas Tree - How did the tradition of bringing a tree into the home at Christmas time originate? Discover some of the traditions that have been  ...

Christmas tree | Tradition & History | Britannica.com

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Dec 12, 2016 ... Christmas tree, live or artificial evergreen tree decorated with lights and ornaments as a Christmas tradition. ... (December 17) and New Year's come the merrymaking and exchange of presents. Old Germanic midwinter ...