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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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History of Christmas Trees - Christmas - HISTORY.com

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Find out more about the history of History of Christmas Trees, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on ...

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

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The history of Christmas Trees, when they became popular and what they mean and represent at Christmas Traditions and Customs.

Why Do We Have Christmas Trees? | Christian History

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The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving. ... The earliest Christmas trees (or evergreen branches) used in homes were referred to as ...

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

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Dec 29, 2000 ... While this passage may sound to modern ears like an uncanny description of Christmas trees from the sixth century [BCE] ..., the historical and ...

History of the Christmas Tree - About History

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History of the Christmas Tree - Where did this Christmas tradition originate? How did the tree make its way to the United States?

Christmas Trees, A History | History Cooperative

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Christmas trees have become a worldwide symbol for peace and good cheer. They are at the center of one of the largest family gatherings of the year.

Christmas tree | Tradition & History | Britannica.com

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Dec 12, 2016 ... Christmas tree, an evergreen tree, often a pine or a fir, decorated with lights and ornaments as a part of Christmas festivities. Christmas trees ...

National Christmas Tree Association > Education > History of ...

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History of Christmas Trees. 1510 – The first written record of a decorated Christmas Tree comes from Riga, Latvia. Men of the local merchants' guild decorated a ...