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A Christmas
Christmas
tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas. The modern Christmas
Christmas
tree was developed in medieval Livonia
Livonia
(present-day Estonia and Latvia) and early modern Germany, where Protestant Germans brought decorated trees into their homes.[1][2] It acquired popularity beyond the Lutheran
Lutheran
areas of Germany[1][3] and the Baltic countries
Baltic countries
during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.[4] The tree was traditionally decorated with "roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel, [and] sweetmeats". In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were ultimately replaced by Christmas
Christmas
lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garlands, baubles, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel
Angel
Gabriel
Gabriel
or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.[5][6] Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate and other sweets are also popular and are tied to or hung from the tree's branches with ribbons. In the Western Christian
Western Christian
tradition, Christmas
Christmas
trees are variously erected on days such as the first day of Advent
Advent
or even as late as Christmas
Christmas
Eve depending on the country;[7] customs of the same faith hold that the two traditional days when Christmas
Christmas
decorations, such as the Christmas
Christmas
tree, are removed are Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
and, if they are not taken down on that day, Candlemas, the latter of which ends the Christmas-Epiphany season in some denominations.[7][8] The Christmas
Christmas
tree is sometimes compared with the "Yule-tree", especially in discussions of its folkloric origins.[9][10][11]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Possible predecessors

1.1.1 Georgia 1.1.2 Poland 1.1.3 Estonia, Latvia
Latvia
and Germany

1.2 18th to early 20th centuries

1.2.1 Germany 1.2.2 Adoption by European nobility 1.2.3 Britain 1.2.4 North America

1.3 1935 to present

1.3.1 Public Christmas
Christmas
trees 1.3.2 Chrismon trees

2 Customs and traditions

2.1 Setting up and taking down 2.2 Decoration

3 Production

3.1 Natural trees 3.2 Artificial trees

4 Environmental issues 5 Religious issues 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] Possible predecessors[edit]

From Northern Antiquities, an English translation of the Prose Edda from 1847. Painted by Oluf Olufsen Bagge.

The relevance of ancient pre-Christian customs to the 16th-century German initiation of the Christmas
Christmas
tree custom is disputed. Resistance to the custom was often because of its supposed Lutheran
Lutheran
origins.[12] Other sources have offered a connection between the first documented Christmas
Christmas
trees in Alsace around 1600 and pre-Christian traditions. For example, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year
New Year
to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmas
Christmas
time."[13] During the Roman mid-winter festival of Saturnalia, houses were decorated with wreaths of evergreen plants, along with other antecedent customs now associated with Christmas.[14] The modern Christmas
Christmas
tree is frequently traced to the symbolism of trees in pre-Christian winter rites, wherein Viking
Viking
and Saxon worshiped trees.[14] The story of Saint Boniface
Saint Boniface
cutting down Donar's Oak illustrates the pagan practices in 8th century among the Germans. A later folk version of the story adds the detail that an evergreen tree grew in place of the felled oak, telling them about how its triangular shape reminds humanity of the Trinity
Trinity
and how it points to heaven.[15][16] Alternatively, it is identified with the "tree of paradise" of medieval mystery plays that were given on 24 December, the commemoration and name day of Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
in various countries. In such plays, a tree decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and wafers (to represent the Eucharist
Eucharist
and redemption) was used as a setting for the play. Like the Christmas
Christmas
crib, the Paradise tree was later placed in homes. The apples were replaced by round objects such as shiny red balls.[10][11][17][18][19][20] At the end of the Middle Ages, an early predecessor appears referred in the Regiment of the Order of Cister around 1400, in Alcobaça, Portugal. The Regiment of the local high-Sacristans of the Cistercian Order refers to what may be considered one of the oldest references to the Christmas
Christmas
tree: "Note on how to put the Christmas
Christmas
branch, scilicet: On the Christmas
Christmas
eve, you will look for a large Branch of green laurel, and you shall reap many red oranges, and place them on the branches that come of the laurel, specifically as you have seen, and in every orange you shall put a candle, and hang the Branch by a rope in the pole, which shall be by the candle of the altar-mor."[21] Modern Christmas
Christmas
trees originated during the Renaissance of early modern Germany. Its 16th-century origins are sometimes associated with Protestant Christian reformer Martin Luther, who is said to have first added lighted candles to an evergreen tree.[22][23][24] The first recorded Christmas
Christmas
tree can be found on the keystone sculpture of a private home in Turckheim, Alsace (then part of Germany, today France), dating 1576.[25] Georgia[edit]

Chichilaki, a Georgian Christmas
Christmas
tree variety

Georgians
Georgians
have their own traditional Christmas
Christmas
tree called Chichilaki, made from dried up hazelnut or walnut branches that are shaped to form a small coniferous tree. These pale-colored ornaments differ in height from 20 cm (7.9 in) to 3 meters (9.8 feet). Chichilakis are most common in the Guria
Guria
and Samegrelo
Samegrelo
regions of Georgia near the Black Sea, but they can also be found in some stores around the capital of Tbilisi.[citation needed] Georgians
Georgians
believe that Chichilaki resembles the famous beard of St. Basil the Great, because Eastern Orthodox Church commemorates St. Basil on January 1. Poland[edit] There was an old pagan custom, associated with Koliada, of suspending a branch of fir, spruce or pine called Podłaźniczka from the ceiling. The branches were decorated with apples, nuts, cookies, colored paper, stars made of straw, ribbons and colored wafers. Some people believed that the tree had magical powers that were linked with harvesting and success in the next year. In the late 18th and early 19th century, these traditions were almost completely replaced by the German custom of decorating the Christmas tree. Estonia, Latvia
Latvia
and Germany[edit]

Girl with Christmas
Christmas
tree, painting 1892 by Franz Skarbina (1849–1910)

Customs of erecting decorated trees in wintertime can be traced to Christmas
Christmas
celebrations in Renaissance-era guilds in Northern Germany and Livonia. The first evidence of decorated trees associated with Christmas
Christmas
Day are trees in guildhalls decorated with sweets to be enjoyed by the apprentices and children. In Livonia
Livonia
(present-day Estonia
Estonia
and Latvia), in 1441, 1442, 1510 and 1514, the Brotherhood of Blackheads erected a tree for the holidays in their guild houses in Reval (now Tallinn) and Riga. On the last night of the celebrations leading up to the holidays, the tree was taken to the Town Hall Square, where the members of the brotherhood danced around it.[26] A Bremen
Bremen
guild chronicle of 1570 reports that a small tree decorated with "apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers" was erected in the guild-house for the benefit of the guild members' children, who collected the dainties on Christmas
Christmas
Day.[27] In 1584, the pastor and chronicler Balthasar Russow
Balthasar Russow
in his Chronica der Provinz Lyfflandt (1584) wrote of an established tradition of setting up a decorated spruce at the market square, where the young men "went with a flock of maidens and women, first sang and danced there and then set the tree aflame". After the Protestant Reformation, such trees are seen in the houses of upper-class Protestant families as a counterpart to the Catholic Christmas
Christmas
cribs. This transition from the guild hall to the bourgeois family homes in the Protestant parts of Germany
Germany
ultimately gives rise to the modern tradition as it developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. 18th to early 20th centuries[edit] Germany[edit]

A little Christmas
Christmas
tree on the table, painting by Ludwig Blume-Siebert in 1888

By the early 18th century, the custom had become common in towns of the upper Rhineland, but it had not yet spread to rural areas. Wax candles, expensive items at the time, are found in attestations from the late 18th century. Along the lower Rhine, an area of Roman Catholic majority, the Christmas
Christmas
tree was largely regarded as a Protestant custom. As a result, it remained confined to the upper Rhineland
Rhineland
for a relatively long period of time. The custom did eventually gain wider acceptance beginning around 1815 by way of Prussian officials who emigrated there following the Congress of Vienna. In the 19th century, the Christmas
Christmas
tree was taken to be an expression of German culture and of Gemütlichkeit, especially among emigrants overseas.[28] A decisive factor in winning general popularity was the German army's decision to place Christmas
Christmas
trees in its barracks and military hospitals during the Franco-Prussian War. Only at the start of the 20th century did Christmas
Christmas
trees appear inside churches, this time in a new brightly lit form.[29] Adoption by European nobility[edit]

Christmas
Christmas
tree painting 1877 by H. J. Overbeek

In the early 19th century, the custom became popular among the nobility and spread to royal courts as far as Russia. Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg introduced the Christmas
Christmas
tree to Vienna in 1816, and the custom spread across Austria in the following years. In France, the first Christmas
Christmas
tree was introduced in 1840 by the duchesse d'Orléans. In Denmark a Danish newspaper claims that the first attested Christmas
Christmas
tree was lit in 1808 by countess Wilhemine of Holsteinborg. It was the aging countess who told the story of the first Danish Christmas
Christmas
tree to the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1865. He had published a fairy-tale called The Fir-Tree
The Fir-Tree
in 1844, recounting the fate of a fir-tree being used as a Christmas tree.[30] Britain[edit]

An engraving published in the 1840s of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert created a craze for Christmas
Christmas
trees.[31]

The Christmas
Christmas
Tree 1911 by Albert Chevallier Tayler

Although the tradition of decorating the home with evergreens was long established,[32] the custom of decorating an entire small tree was unknown in Britain until some two centuries ago. At the time of the personal union with Hanover, George III's German-born wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, introduced a Christmas
Christmas
tree at a party she gave for children in 1800.[33] The custom did not at first spread much beyond the royal family.[34] Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
as a child was familiar with it and a tree was placed in her room every Christmas. In her journal for Christmas
Christmas
Eve 1832, the delighted 13-year-old princess wrote:[35]

After dinner... we then went into the drawing-room near the dining-room... There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments. All the presents being placed round the trees...

After Victoria's marriage to her German cousin Prince Albert, by 1841 the custom became even more widespread[36] as wealthier middle-class families followed the fashion. In 1842 a newspaper advert for Christmas
Christmas
trees makes clear their smart cachet, German origins and association with children and gift-giving.[37] An illustrated book, The Christmas
Christmas
Tree, describing their use and origins in detail, was on sale in December 1844.[38] On 2 January 1846 Elizabeth Fielding (née Fox Strangways) wrote from Laycock Abbey
Laycock Abbey
to William Henry Fox-Talbot: "Constance is extremely busy preparing the Bohemian Xmas
Xmas
Tree. It is made from Caroline's[39] description of those she saw in Germany".[40] In 1847 Prince Albert wrote: "I must now seek in the children an echo of what Ernest [his brother] and I were in the old time, of what we felt and thought; and their delight in the Christmas-trees is not less than ours used to be".[41] A boost to the trend was given in 1848[42] when The Illustrated London
London
News,[43] in a report picked up by other papers,[44] described the trees in Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
in detail and showed the main tree, surrounded by the royal family, on its cover. In fewer than ten years their use in better-off homes was widespread. By 1856 a northern provincial newspaper contained an advert alluding casually to them,[45] as well as reporting the accidental death of a woman whose dress caught fire as she lit the tapers on a Christmas
Christmas
tree.[46] They had not yet spread down the social scale though, as a report from Berlin in 1858 contrasts the situation there where "Every family has its own" with that of Britain, where Christmas
Christmas
trees were still the preserve of the wealthy or the "romantic".[47] Their use at public entertainments, charity bazaars and in hospitals made them increasingly familiar however, and in 1906 a charity was set up specifically to ensure even poor children in London
London
slums 'who had never seen a Christmas
Christmas
tree' would enjoy one that year.[48] Anti-German sentiment after World War I
World War I
briefly reduced their popularity[49] but the effect was short-lived[50] and by the mid-1920s the use of Christmas
Christmas
trees had spread to all classes.[51] In 1933 a restriction on the importation of foreign trees led to the "rapid growth of a new industry" as the growing of Christmas
Christmas
trees within Britain became commercially viable due to the size of demand.[52] By 2013 the number of trees grown in Britain for the Christmas
Christmas
market was approximately 8 million[53] and their display in homes, shops and public spaces a normal part of the Christmas
Christmas
season. North America[edit]

First published image of a Christmas
Christmas
tree, frontispiece to Hermann Bokum's 1836 The Stranger's Gift

The Queen's Christmas
Christmas
tree at Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
published in The Illustrated London
London
News, 1848

The tradition was introduced to North America
North America
in the winter of 1781 by Hessian soldiers stationed in the Province of Québec (1763–1791) to garrison the colony against American attack. General Friedrich Adolf Riedesel and his wife, the Baroness von Riedesel, held a Christmas party for the officers at Sorel, delighting their guests with a fir tree decorated with candles and fruits.[54] The Christmas
Christmas
tree became very common in the United States in the early nineteenth century. The first image of a Christmas
Christmas
tree was published in 1836 as the frontispiece to The Stranger's Gift by Hermann Bokum. The first mention of the Christmas
Christmas
tree in American literature was in a story in the 1836 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir, titled "New Year's Day," by Catherine Maria Sedgwick, where she tells the story of a German maid decorating her mistress's tree. Also, a woodcut of the British Royal family with their Christmas
Christmas
tree at Windsor Castle, initially published in The Illustrated London
London
News December 1848, was copied in the United States at Christmas
Christmas
1850, in Godey's Lady's Book. Godey's copied it exactly, except for the removal of the Queen's tiara and Prince Albert's moustache, to remake the engraving into an American scene.[55] The republished Godey's image became the first widely circulated picture of a decorated evergreen Christmas
Christmas
tree in America. Art historian Karal Ann Marling called Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, shorn of their royal trappings, "the first influential American Christmas tree".[56] Folk-culture historian Alfred Lewis Shoemaker states, "In all of America there was no more important medium in spreading the Christmas
Christmas
tree in the decade 1850–60 than Godey's Lady's Book". The image was reprinted in 1860, and by the 1870s, putting up a Christmas tree had become even more common in America.[55] Several cities in the United States with German connections lay claim to that country's first Christmas
Christmas
tree: Windsor Locks, Connecticut, claims that a Hessian soldier put up a Christmas
Christmas
tree in 1777 while imprisoned at the Noden-Reed House,[57] while the "First Christmas Tree in America" is also claimed by Easton, Pennsylvania, where German settlers purportedly erected a Christmas
Christmas
tree in 1816. In his diary, Matthew Zahm of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, recorded the use of a Christmas
Christmas
tree in 1821, leading Lancaster to also lay claim to the first Christmas
Christmas
tree in America.[58] Other accounts credit Charles Follen, a German immigrant to Boston, for being the first to introduce to America the custom of decorating a Christmas
Christmas
tree.[59] August Imgard, a German immigrant living in Wooster, Ohio, is said to be the first to popularize the practice of decorating a tree with candy canes.[citation needed] In 1847, Imgard cut a blue spruce tree from a woods outside town, had the Wooster village tinsmith construct a star, and placed the tree in his house, decorating it with paper ornaments, gilded nuts and Kuchen.[60] German immigrant Charles Minnegerode accepted a position as a professor of humanities at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1842, where he taught Latin and Greek. Entering into the social life of the Virginia Tidewater, Minnigerode introduced the German custom of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas
Christmas
at the home of law professor St. George Tucker, thereby becoming another of many influences that prompted Americans to adopt the practice at about that time.[61] An 1853 article on Christmas
Christmas
customs in Pennsylvania defines them as mostly "German in origin", including the Christmas
Christmas
tree, which is "planted in a flower pot filled with earth, and its branches are covered with presents, chiefly of confectionary, for the younger members of the family." The article distinguishes between customs in different states however, claiming that in New England generally " Christmas
Christmas
is not much celebrated", whereas in Pennsylvania and New York it is.[62] When Edward H. Johnson was vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, a predecessor of Con Edison, he created the first known electrically illuminated Christmas
Christmas
tree at his home in New York City in 1882. Johnson became the "Father of Electric Christmas
Christmas
Tree Lights".[63] The lyrics sung in the United States to the German tune O Tannenbaum begin "O Christmas
Christmas
tree...", giving rise to the mistaken idea that the German word Tannenbaum (fir tree) means " Christmas
Christmas
tree", the German word for which is instead Weihnachtsbaum.

18th to early 20th century representations

The Christmas
Christmas
tree by Winslow Homer, 1858

Christmas
Christmas
in the Netherlands, c. 1899

Illustration for Harper's Bazaar, published 1 January 1870.

Christmas
Christmas
tree depicted as Christmas
Christmas
card by Prang & Co. (Boston) 1880

Vera Komissarzhevskaya
Vera Komissarzhevskaya
as Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House
A Doll's House
(c. 1904). Photo by Elena Mrozovskaya

An Italian American family on Christmas, 1924

1935 to present[edit]

A Christmas
Christmas
tree from 1951, in a home in New York state

In Russia, the Christmas
Christmas
tree was banned after the October Revolution[64] but then reinstated as a New-year spruce (Новогодняя ёлка, Novogodnyaya yolka) in 1935. It became a fully secular icon of the New Year
New Year
holiday, for example, the crowning star was regarded not as a symbol of Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Star, but as the Red star. Decorations, such as figurines of airplanes, bicycles, space rockets, cosmonauts, and characters of Russian fairy tales, were produced. This tradition persists after the fall of the USSR, with the New Year
New Year
holiday outweighing the Christmas
Christmas
(7 January) for a wide majority of Russian people.[65] The TV special A Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
Christmas
Christmas
(1965) was influential on the pop culture surrounding the Christmas
Christmas
tree. Aluminum Christmas
Christmas
trees were popular during the early 1960s in the US. They were satirized in the Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
show and came to be seen as symbolizing the commercialization of Christmas. The term Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
Christmas
Christmas
tree, describing any poor-looking or malformed little tree, also derives from the 1965 TV special, based on the appearance of Charlie Brown's Christmas
Christmas
tree.[66]

1935 to present

Christmas
Christmas
tree with presents

Christmas
Christmas
Tree in the cozy room at the Wisconsin Governor's mansion.

Christmas
Christmas
tea with Christmas
Christmas
Tree at an espresso shop in Eugene, Oregon

A Soviet-era (1960s) New Year
New Year
tree decoration depicting a cosmonaut

Christmas
Christmas
Trees in church

An aluminum Christmas
Christmas
tree

Public Christmas
Christmas
trees[edit]

An early example of a public Christmas
Christmas
celebration tree for the unemployed in Prague

Since the early 20th century, it has become common in many cities, towns, and department stores to put up public Christmas
Christmas
trees outdoors, such as the Macy's Great Tree
Macy's Great Tree
in Atlanta
Atlanta
(since 1948), the Rockefeller Center Christmas
Christmas
Tree in New York City, and the large Christmas
Christmas
tree at Victoria Square in Adelaide. The use of fire retardant allows many indoor public areas to place real trees and be compliant with code. Licensed applicants of fire retardant solution spray the tree, tag the tree, and provide a certificate for inspection. Real trees are popular with high end visual merchandising displays around the world. Leading global retailers such as Apple often place real trees in their window displays. In 2009, Apple placed two Fraser fir
Fraser fir
trees in every one of its retail establishments.[citation needed] The United States' National Christmas
Christmas
Tree has been lit each year since 1923 on the South Lawn of the White House. Today,[clarification needed] the lighting of the National Christmas
Christmas
Tree is part of what has become a major holiday event at the White House. President Jimmy Carter lit only the crowning star atop the tree in 1979 in honor of the Americans being held hostage in Iran.[67] The same was true in 1980, except that the tree was fully lit for 417 seconds, one second for each day the hostages had been in captivity.[67] During most of the 1970s and 1980s, the largest decorated Christmas tree in the world was put up every year on the property of the National Enquirer
National Enquirer
in Lantana, Florida. This tradition grew into one of the most spectacular and celebrated events in the history of southern Florida, but was discontinued on the death of the paper's founder in the late 1980s.[68] In some cities, a charity event called the Festival of Trees is organized, in which multiple trees are decorated and displayed. The giving of Christmas
Christmas
trees has also often been associated with the end of hostilities. After the signing of the Armistice in 1918 the city of Manchester
Manchester
sent a tree, and £500 to buy chocolate and cakes, for the children of the much-bombarded town of Lille
Lille
in northern France.[69] In some cases the trees represent special commemorative gifts, such as in Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
in London, where the City of Oslo, Norway
Norway
presents a tree to the people of London
London
as a token of appreciation for the British support of Norwegian resistance during the Second World War; in Boston, where the tree is a gift from the province of Nova Scotia, in thanks for rapid deployment of supplies and rescuers to the 1917 ammunition ship explosion that leveled the city of Halifax; and in Newcastle upon Tyne, where the main civic Christmas
Christmas
tree is an annual gift from the city of Bergen, in thanks for the part played by soldiers from Newcastle in liberating Bergen from Nazi occupation.[70] Norway
Norway
also annually gifts a Christmas
Christmas
tree to Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
as a symbol of friendship between Norway
Norway
and the US and as an expression of gratitude from Norway
Norway
for the help received from the US during World War II.[71]

Public Christmas
Christmas
trees

Christmas
Christmas
tree in Milan, Italy, 2008

Christmas
Christmas
tree in Vatican City, 2007

Christmas
Christmas
tree in Salerno
Salerno
old town, Italy, 2008.

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
Christmas
Christmas
tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas
Christmas
Tree

Christmas
Christmas
tree on the Römerberg in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
(2008)

in Lisbon
Lisbon
(2005), at 75 metres (246 feet) the tallest Christmas
Christmas
tree in Europe.

Boston's Christmas
Christmas
Tree.

An Árbol navideño luminoso in Madrid (2011)

Christmas
Christmas
tree in Warsaw

Christmas
Christmas
tree in South Coast Plaza, California

Christmas
Christmas
tree in Stockholm
Stockholm
at NK shopping mall

Christmas
Christmas
trees in Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Hong Kong

Chrismon trees[edit]

A Chrismon tree in the nave of St. Alban's Anglican
Anglican
Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida

A "Chrismon tree" is a Christmas
Christmas
tree decorated with explicitly Christian symbols in white and gold.[72][73] First introduced by North American Lutherans in 1957,[74] the practice has rapidly spread to other Christian denominations,[75] including Anglicans,[76] Catholics,[77] Methodists,[78] and the Reformed.[79] "Chrismon" (plural "Chrismons") was adopted for the type of Christmas decoration and explained as a portmanteau of "Christ-monogram" (a Christogram).[80][81] Customs and traditions[edit] Setting up and taking down[edit]

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A candle on a Christmas
Christmas
tree

Both setting up and taking down a Christmas
Christmas
tree are associated with specific dates. Traditionally, Christmas
Christmas
trees were not brought in and decorated until Christmas
Christmas
Eve (24 December)[citation needed] or, in the traditions celebrating Christmas
Christmas
Eve rather than the first day of Christmas, 23 December, and then removed the day after Twelfth Night (5 January); to have a tree up before or after these dates was even considered bad luck,[citation needed] and that to avoid bad luck from affecting the house's residents, the tree must be left up until after the following Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
passes. In many areas, it has become customary to set up one's Christmas
Christmas
tree at the beginning of the Advent
Advent
season.[82] Some families in the U.S. and Canada will put up a Christmas
Christmas
tree a week prior to American Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
(the fourth Thursday of November), and Christmas decorations can show up even earlier in retail stores, often the day after Halloween
Halloween
(31 October). In Canada many families wait until after Remembrance Day, as to show respect to fallen soldiers. Some households do not put up the tree until the second week of December, and leave it up until 6 January (Epiphany). In Germany, traditionally the tree is put up on 24 December and taken down on 7 January, though many start one or two weeks earlier, and in Roman Catholic homes the tree may be kept until February 2 (Candlemas).[why?][citation needed] In Italy, Ireland
Ireland
and Argentina, along with many countries in Latin America, the Christmas
Christmas
tree is put up on 8 December (Immaculate Conception day) and left up until 6 January. In Australia, the Christmas
Christmas
tree is usually put up on 1 December, which occurs about a 2 weeks before the school summer holidays (except for South Australia, where most people put up their tree after in late November following the completion of the Adelaide
Adelaide
Christmas
Christmas
Pageant, a time frame that has started to filter into other states as the official time Christmas decorations and in store Santa Claus
Santa Claus
start to appear) and is left up until it is taken down.[citation needed] Some traditions suggest that Christmas
Christmas
trees may be kept up until no later than 2 February, the feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
(Candlemas), when the Christmas
Christmas
season effectively closes.[83] Superstitions say that it is a bad sign if Christmas
Christmas
greenery is not removed by Candlemas
Candlemas
Eve.[84] Decoration[edit] Main article: Christmas
Christmas
ornament

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White House
White House
Christmas
Christmas
tree

Christmas
Christmas
ornaments at the Christmas
Christmas
market, Strasbourg

Christmas
Christmas
ornaments are decorations (usually made of glass, metal, wood, or ceramics) that are used to decorate a Christmas
Christmas
tree. The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass
Glass
baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and also garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees. The popularity of these decorations grew into the production of glass figures made by highly skilled artisans with clay molds. Tinsel
Tinsel
and several types of garland or ribbon are commonly used to decorate a Christmas
Christmas
tree. Silvered saran-based tinsel was introduced later. Delicate mold-blown and painted colored glass Christmas ornaments were a specialty of the glass factories in the Thuringian Forest, especially in Lauscha
Lauscha
in the late 19th century, and have since become a large industry, complete with famous-name designers. Baubles are another common decoration, consisting of small hollow glass or plastic spheres coated with a thin metallic layer to make them reflective, with a further coating of a thin pigmented polymer in order to provide coloration. Lighting with electric lights (Christmas lights or, in the United Kingdom, fairy lights) is commonly done. A tree-topper, sometimes an angel but more frequently a star, completes the decoration. In the late 1800s, home-made white Christmas
Christmas
trees were made by wrapping strips of cotton batting around leafless branches creating the appearance of a snow-laden tree. In the 1940s and 1950s, popularized by Hollywood films in the late 1930s, flocking was very popular on the West Coast of the United States. There were home flocking kits that could be used with vacuum cleaners. In the 1980s some trees were sprayed with fluffy white flocking to simulate snow.

Decorations

A transparent Christmas
Christmas
bauble

A golden bauble decorating a Christmas
Christmas
tree

Christmas
Christmas
baubles

A snowman-shaped decoration painted as a baseball

A toy bear Christmas
Christmas
decoration.

Fabergé egg
Fabergé egg
as a Christmas
Christmas
decoration.

Christmas
Christmas
decorations

Red ornamented Christmas
Christmas
bauble

Christmas
Christmas
baubles

Production[edit] See also: Christmas
Christmas
tree production

Undecorated Christmas
Christmas
trees for sale

Each year, 33 to 36 million Christmas
Christmas
trees are produced in America, and 50 to 60 million are produced in Europe. In 1998, there were about 15,000 growers in America (a third of them "choose and cut" farms). In that same year, it was estimated that Americans spent $1.5 billion on Christmas
Christmas
trees.[85] By 2016 that had climbed to $2.04 billion for natural trees and a further $1.86 billion for artificial trees. In Europe, 75 million trees worth €2.4 billion ($3.2 billion) are harvested annually.[86]

Father and son with their dog collecting a tree in the forest, painting by Franz Krüger
Franz Krüger
(1797–1857)

Trees on sale at a Christmas
Christmas
market in Vienna, painting by Carl Wenzel Zajicek (1908)

A grower in Waterloo, Nova Scotia, prunes balsam fir trees in October. The tree must experience three frosts to stabilize the needles before cutting.

Natural trees[edit] See also: Christmas
Christmas
tree cultivation The most commonly used species are fir (Abies), which have the benefit of not shedding their needles when they dry out, as well as retaining good foliage color and scent; but species in other genera are also used. In northern Europe
Europe
most commonly used are:

Norway
Norway
spruce Picea abies
Picea abies
(the original tree, generally the cheapest) Silver fir Abies alba Nordmann fir Abies nordmanniana Noble fir
Noble fir
Abies procera Serbian spruce Picea omorika Scots pine
Scots pine
Pinus sylvestris Stone pine
Stone pine
Pinus pinea (as small table-top trees) Swiss pine
Swiss pine
Pinus cembra

In North America, Central America
Central America
and South America
South America
most commonly used are:

Douglas fir
Douglas fir
Pseudotsuga menziesii Balsam fir Abies balsamea Fraser Fir
Fir
Abies fraseri Grand fir Abies grandis Guatemalan fir Abies guatemalensis Noble fir
Noble fir
Abies procera Red fir Abies magnifica White fir Abies concolor Pinyon pine Pinus edulis Jeffrey pine
Jeffrey pine
Pinus jeffreyi Scots pine
Scots pine
Pinus sylvestris Stone pine
Stone pine
Pinus pinea (as small table-top trees) Norfolk Island pine Araucaria heterophylla

Several other species are used to a lesser extent. Less-traditional conifers are sometimes used, such as giant sequoia, Leyland cypress, Monterey cypress and eastern juniper. Various types of spruce tree are also used for Christmas
Christmas
trees (including the blue spruce and, less commonly, the white spruce); but spruces begin to lose their needles rapidly upon being cut, and spruce needles are often sharp, making decorating uncomfortable. Virginia pine is still available on some tree farms in the southeastern United States; however, its winter color is faded. The long-needled eastern white pine is also used there, though it is an unpopular Christmas
Christmas
tree in most parts of the country, owing also to its faded winter coloration and limp branches, making decorating difficult with all but the lightest ornaments. Norfolk Island pine is sometimes used, particularly in Oceania, and in Australia, some species of the genera Casuarina
Casuarina
and Allocasuarina
Allocasuarina
are also occasionally used as Christmas
Christmas
trees. But, by far, the most common tree is the Monterey pine. Adenanthos sericeus
Adenanthos sericeus
or Albany woolly bush is commonly sold in southern Australia
Australia
as a potted living Christmas
Christmas
tree. Hemlock species are generally considered unsuitable as Christmas
Christmas
trees due to their poor needle retention and inability to support the weight of lights and ornaments. Some trees, frequently referred to as "living Christmas
Christmas
trees", are sold live with roots and soil, often from a plant nursery, to be stored at nurseries in planters or planted later outdoors and enjoyed (and often decorated) for years or decades. Others are produced in a container and sometimes as topiary for a porch or patio. However, when done improperly, the combination of root loss caused by digging, and the indoor environment of high temperature and low humidity is very detrimental to the tree's health; additionally, the warmth of an indoor climate will bring the tree out of its natural winter dormancy, leaving it little protection when put back outside into a cold outdoor climate. Often Christmas
Christmas
trees are a large attraction for living animals, including mice and spiders. Thus, the survival rate of these trees is low.[87] However, when done properly, replanting provides higher survival rates.[88] European tradition prefers the open aspect of naturally grown, unsheared trees, while in North America
North America
(outside western areas where trees are often wild-harvested on public lands)[89] there is a preference for close-sheared trees with denser foliage, but less space to hang decorations. In the past, Christmas
Christmas
trees were often harvested from wild forests, but now almost all are commercially grown on tree farms. Almost all Christmas
Christmas
trees in the United States are grown on Christmas
Christmas
tree farms where they are cut after about ten years of growth and new trees planted. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's agriculture census for 2007, 21,537 farms were producing conifers for the cut Christmas
Christmas
tree market in America, 5,717.09 square kilometres (1,412,724 acres) were planted in Christmas
Christmas
trees.[90]

A Christmas
Christmas
tree farm near New Germany, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The life cycle of a Christmas
Christmas
tree from the seed to a 2-metre (7 ft) tree takes, depending on species and treatment in cultivation, between 8 and 12 years. First, the seed is extracted from cones harvested from older trees. These seeds are then usually grown in nurseries and then sold to Christmas
Christmas
tree farms at an age of 3–4 years. The remaining development of the tree greatly depends on the climate, soil quality, as well as the cultivation and how the trees are tended by the Christmas
Christmas
tree farmer.[91] Artificial trees[edit] Main article: Artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree

An artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree

A lighted artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree with ornaments

The first artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees were developed in Germany
Germany
during the 19th century,[92][93] though earlier examples exist.[94] These "trees" were made using goose feathers that were dyed green.,[92] as one response by Germans to continued deforestation.[93] Feather Christmas
Christmas
trees ranged widely in size, from a small 2-inch (51 mm) tree to a large 98-inch (2,500 mm) tree sold in department stores during the 1920s.[95] Often, the tree branches were tipped with artificial red berries which acted as candle holders.[96] Over the years, other styles of artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees have evolved and become popular. In 1930, the U.S.-based Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree made from brush bristles.[97] Another type of artificial tree is the aluminum Christmas
Christmas
tree,[93] first manufactured in Chicago
Chicago
in 1958,[98] and later in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where the majority of the trees were produced.[99] Most modern artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees are made from plastic recycled from used packaging materials, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).[93] Approximately 10% of artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees are using virgin suspension PVC resin; despite being plastic most artificial trees are not recyclable or biodegradable.[100] Other trends have developed in the early 2000s as well. Optical fiber Christmas
Christmas
trees come in two major varieties; one resembles a traditional Christmas
Christmas
tree.[101] One Dallas-based company offers "holographic mylar" trees in many hues.[94] Tree-shaped objects made from such materials as cardboard,[102] glass,[103] ceramic or other materials can be found in use as tabletop decorations. Upside-down artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees became popular for a short time and were originally introduced as a marketing gimmick; they allowed consumers to get closer to ornaments for sale in retail stores and opened up floor space for more products.[104] Artificial trees became increasingly popular during the late 20th century.[93] Users of artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees assert that they are more convenient, and, because they are reusable, much cheaper than their natural alternative.[93] They are also considered much safer[105] as natural trees can be a significant fire hazard. Between 2001 and 2007 artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree sales in the U.S. jumped from 7.3 million to 17.4 million.[106] Currently it is estimated that around 58% of Christmas
Christmas
trees used in the United States are artificial while numbers in the United Kingdom are indicated to be around 66%.[107]

Artificial trees

A tree with fibre optic lights

Christmas
Christmas
tree and presents Athens, Greece

White Christmas
Christmas
tree

Spanish artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree

A chrismon tree (St. Alban's Anglican
Anglican
Cathedral, Oviedo, Florida)

An artificial Aluminum Christmas
Christmas
tree

Artificial tree

Environmental issues[edit]

Poinsettia
Poinsettia
flowers arranged into the conical shape of a "Christmas tree", topped with a "Star of Bethlehem", in San Diego
San Diego
(2005)

The debate about the environmental impact of artificial trees is ongoing. Generally, natural tree growers contend that artificial trees are more environmentally harmful than their natural counterparts.[106] However, trade groups such as the American Christmas
Christmas
Tree Association, continue to refute that artificial trees are more harmful to the environment, and maintain that the PVC used in Christmas
Christmas
trees has excellent recyclable properties.[108]

Christmas
Christmas
tree recycling point (point recyclage de sapins) in Paris, 22 January 2010

Live trees are typically grown as a crop and replanted in rotation after cutting, often providing suitable habitat for wildlife.[citation needed] Alternately, live trees can be donated to livestock farmers of such animals like goats who find that such trees uncontaminated by chemical additives are excellent fodder.[109] In some cases management of Christmas
Christmas
tree crops can result in poor habitat since it sometimes involves heavy input of pesticides.[110] Concerns have been raised about people cutting down old and rare conifers, such as the Keteleeria evelyniana
Keteleeria evelyniana
and Abies fraseri
Abies fraseri
, for Christmas
Christmas
trees.

Discarded trees curbside in North Hollywood, Los Angeles

Real or cut trees are used only for a short time, but can be recycled and used as mulch, wildlife habitat, or used to prevent erosion.[111][112][113] Real trees are carbon-neutral, they emit no more carbon dioxide by being cut down and disposed of than they absorb while growing.[114] However, emissions can occur from farming activities and transportation. An independent life-cycle assessment study, conducted by a firm of experts in sustainable development, states that a natural tree will generate 3.1 kg (6.8 lb) of greenhouse gases every year (based on purchasing 5 km (3.1 miles) from home) whereas the artificial tree will produce 48.3 kg (106 lb) over its lifetime.[115] Some people use living Christmas or potted trees for several seasons, providing a longer life cycle for each tree. Living Christmas
Christmas
trees can be purchased or rented from local market growers. Rentals are picked up after the holidays, while purchased trees can be planted by the owner after use or donated to local tree adoption or urban reforestation services.[116] Most artificial trees are made of recycled PVC rigid sheets using tin stabilizer in the recent years. In the past, lead was often used as a stabilizer in PVC, but is now banned by Chinese laws.[citation needed] The use of lead stabilizer in Chinese imported trees has been an issue of concern among politicians and scientists over recent years. A 2004 study found that while in general artificial trees pose little health risk from lead contamination, there do exist "worst-case scenarios" where major health risks to young children exist.[117] A 2008 United States Environmental Protection Agency report found that as the PVC in artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees aged it began to degrade.[118] The report determined that of the 50 million artificial trees in the United States approximately 20 million were 9 or more years old, the point where dangerous lead contamination levels are reached.[118] A professional study on the life-cycle assessment of both real and artificial Christmas
Christmas
trees revealed that one must use an artificial Christmas
Christmas
tree at least 20 years to leave an environmental footprint as small as the natural Christmas
Christmas
tree.[115] Religious issues[edit]

A 1931 edition of the Soviet magazine Bezbozhnik, distributed by the League of Militant Atheists, depicting an Orthodox Christian priest being forbidden to cut down a tree for Christmas

The Christmas
Christmas
tree was first used by German Lutherans in the 16th century, with records indicating that a Christmas
Christmas
tree was placed in the Cathedral of Strassburg in 1539, under the leadership of the Protestant Reformer, Martin Bucer.[119][120] In the United States, these "German Lutherans brought the decorated Christmas
Christmas
tree with them; the Moravians put lighted candles on those trees."[121][122] When decorating the Christmas
Christmas
tree, many individuals place a star at the top of the tree symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem, a fact recorded by The School Journal in 1897.[5][123] Professor David Albert Jones of Oxford University
Oxford University
writes that in the 19th century, it became popular for people to also use an angel to top the Christmas
Christmas
tree in order to symbolize the angels mentioned in the accounts of the Nativity of Jesus.[6] Under the Marxist-Leninist doctrine of state atheism in the Soviet Union, after its foundation in 1917, Christmas
Christmas
celebrations—along with other religious holidays—were prohibited as a result of the Soviet anti-religious campaign.[124][125][126] The League of Militant Atheists encouraged school pupils to campaign against Christmas traditions, among them being the Christmas
Christmas
tree, as well as other Christian holidays, including Easter; the League established an anti-religious holiday to be the 31st of each month as a replacement.[127] With the Christmas
Christmas
tree being prohibited in accordance with Soviet anti-religious legislation, people supplanted the former Christmas
Christmas
custom with New Year's trees.[126][128] In 1935 the tree was brought back as New Year
New Year
tree and became a secular, not a religious holiday. Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
introduced the Christmas
Christmas
tree custom to the Vatican in 1982. Although at first disapproved of by some as out of place at the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican Christmas
Christmas
Tree has become an integral part of the Vatican Christmas celebrations,[129] and in 2005 Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
spoke of it as part of the normal Christmas
Christmas
decorations in Catholic homes.[130] In 2004, Pope John Paul called the Christmas
Christmas
tree a symbol of Christ. This very ancient custom, he said, exalts the value of life, as in winter what is evergreen becomes a sign of undying life, and it reminds Christians of the "tree of life" of Genesis 2:9, an image of Christ, the supreme gift of God to humanity.[131] In the previous year he said: "Beside the crib, the Christmas
Christmas
tree, with its twinkling lights, reminds us that with the birth of Jesus
Jesus
the tree of life has blossomed anew in the desert of humanity. The crib and the tree: precious symbols, which hand down in time the true meaning of Christmas."[132] The Catholic Church's official Book of Blessings has a service for the blessing of the Christmas
Christmas
tree in a home.[133] Likewise the Protestant Episcopal Church in The Anglican
Anglican
Family Prayer Book, which has the imprimatur of The Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam of the Anglican
Anglican
Communion, has long had a ritual titled Blessing of a Christmas
Christmas
Tree, as well as Blessing of a Crèche, for use in the church and the home.[134] In 2005, the city of Boston
Boston
renamed the spruce tree used to decorate the Boston
Boston
Common a "Holiday Tree" rather than a "Christmas Tree".[135] The name change drew a poor response from the public and it was reversed after the city was threatened with several lawsuits.[136] Chrismon trees are a variety developed in 1957 by a Lutheran
Lutheran
laywoman in Virginia, as a specifically religious version appropriate for a church's Christmas
Christmas
celebrations, although most Christian churches continue to display the traditional Christmas
Christmas
tree in their sanctuaries during Christmastide.[137] See also[edit]

Badnjak Christmas
Christmas
traditions Christmas
Christmas
tree controversies Eiresione Festive ecology Festivus pole Hanukkah bush Kadomatsu Legend of the Christmas
Christmas
Spider Tree worship Weihnachten Yule
Yule
log

References[edit]

^ a b Perry, Joe (27 September 2010). Christmas
Christmas
in Germany: A Cultural History. University of North Carolina Press. p. 32. ISBN 9780807899410. A chronicle from Stasbourg, written in 1604 and widely seen as the first account of a Christmas
Christmas
tree in German-speaking lands, records that Protestant artisans brought fir trees into their homes in the holiday season and decorated them with "roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel, sweetmeats, etc." ... The Christmas
Christmas
tree spread out in German society from the top down, so to speak. It moved from elite households to broader social strata, from urban to rural areas, from the Protestant north to the Catholic south, and from Prussia to other German states.  ^ Christmas
Christmas
trees were hung in St. George's Church, Sélestat
St. George's Church, Sélestat
since 1521:Selestat.fr – Office de la Culture de Sélestat – The history of the Christmas
Christmas
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Christmas
to Twelfth Night in Southern Illinois. Arcadia Publishing Incorporated. p. 28. ISBN 9781614232537. Having a Christmas
Christmas
tree became so closely identified with following Luther's path that German Catholics initially wanted nothing to do with this symbol of Protestantism. Their resistance endured until the nineteenth century, when Christmas trees finally began finding their way into Catholic homes.  ^ Ingeborg Weber-Kellermann (1978). Das Weihnachtsfest. Eine Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte der Weihnachtszeit [Christmas: A cultural and social history of Christmastide] (in German). Bucher. p. 22. ISBN 3-7658-0273-5. Man kann als sicher annehmen daß die Luzienbräuche gemeinsam mit dem Weinachtsbaum in Laufe des 19. Jahrhunderts aus Deutschland über die gesellschaftliche Oberschicht der Herrenhöfe nach Schweden gekommen sind. (English: One can assume with certainty that traditions of lighting, together with the Christmas
Christmas
tree, crossed from Germany
Germany
to Sweden in the 19th century via the princely upper classes.)  ^ a b Mandryk, DeeAnn (25 October 2005). Canadian Christmas Traditions. James Lorimer & Company. p. 67. ISBN 9781554390984. The eight-pointed star became a popular manufactured Christmas
Christmas
ornament around the 1840s and many people place a star on the top of their Christmas
Christmas
tree to represent the Star of Bethlehem.  ^ a b Jones, David Albert (27 October 2011). Angels. Oxford University Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780191614910. The same ambiguity is seen in that most familiar of angels, the angel on top of the Christmas tree. This decoration, popularized in the nineteenth century, recalls the place of the angels in the Christmas
Christmas
story (Luke 2.9–18).  ^ a b Crump, William D. (15 September 2001). The Christmas Encyclopedia, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 386. ISBN 9780786468270. Christmas
Christmas
trees in the countryside did not appear until World War I, although Slovenians of German ancestry were decorating trees before then. Traditionally, the family decorates their Christmas
Christmas
tree on Christmas
Christmas
Eve with electric lights, tinsel, garlands, candy canes, other assorted ornaments, and topped with an angel figure or star. The tree and Nativity scene
Nativity scene
remain until Candlemas
Candlemas
(February 2), when they are removed.  ^ "Candlemas". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2016. Any Christmas
Christmas
decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night (January 5th) should be left up until Candlemas
Candlemas
Day and then taken down.  ^ Daniel J. Foley (1999). The Christmas
Christmas
Tree. Omnigraphics. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-55888-286-7.  ^ a b Greg Dues (2008). Advent
Advent
and Christmas. Bayard. pp. 13–15. ISBN 978-1-58595-722-4. Next to the Nativity scene, the most popular Christmas
Christmas
tradition is to have a Christmas tree in the home. This custom is not the same as bringing a Yule
Yule
tree or evergreens into the home, originally popular during the month of the winter solstice in Germany.  ^ a b Sheryl Karas (1998). The Solstice Evergreen: history, folklore, and origins of the Christmas
Christmas
tree. Aslan. pp. 103–04. ISBN 978-0-944031-75-9.  ^ Gillian Cooke, A Celebration of Christmas, 1980, page 62: "Martin Luther has been credited with the creation of the Christmas
Christmas
tree. ... The Christmas
Christmas
tree did not spring fully fledged into ... tree was slow to spread from its Alsatian home, partly because of resistance to its supposed Lutheran
Lutheran
origins." ^ " Christmas
Christmas
tree". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2012.  ^ a b BBC
BBC
Religion & Ethics – Did the Romans invent Christmas? ^ Fritz Allhoff, Scott C. Lowe (2010). Christmas. John Wiley & Sons. His biographer, Eddius Stephanus, relates that while Boniface was serving as a missionary near Geismar, Germany, he had enough of the locals' reverence for the old gods. Taking an axe to an oak tree dedicated to Norse god Thor, Boniface chopped the tree down and dared Thor to zap him for it. When nothing happened, Boniface pointed out a young fir tree amid the roots of the oak and explained how this tree was a more fitting object of reverence as it pointed towards the Christian heaven and its triangular shape was reminiscent of the Christian trinity.  ^ The story, not recounted in the vitae written in his time, appears in a BBC
BBC
Devon website, "Devon Myths and Legends", and in a number of educational storybooks, including St. Boniface and the Little Fir Tree: A Story to Color by Jenny Melmoth and Val Hayward (Warrington: Alfresco Books 1999 ISBN 1-873727-15-1), The Brightest Star of All: Christmas
Christmas
Stories for the Family by Carrie Papa (Abingdon Press 1999 ISBN 978-0-687-64813-9) and "How Saint Boniface
Saint Boniface
Kept Christmas
Christmas
Eve" by Mary Louise Harvey in The American Normal Readers: Fifth Book, 207-22. Silver, Burdett and Co. 1912. ^ Philip Lazowski (2004). Understanding Your Neighbor's Faith. KTAV Publishing House. pp. 203–04. ISBN 978-0-88125-811-0.  ^ Michael P. Foley (2005). Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-4039-6967-5.  ^ Ann Ball (1997). Catholic Traditions in Crafts. Our Sunday Visitor. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-87973-711-5.  ^ Encyclopædia Britannica. 2003. The modern Christmas
Christmas
tree ... originated in western Germany. The main prop of a popular medieval play about Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
was a fir tree hung with apples (paradise tree) representing the Garden of Eden. The Germans set up a paradise tree in their homes on December 24, the religious feast day of Adam and Eve. They hung wafers on it (symbolizing the host, the Christian sign of redemption); in a later tradition, the wafers were replaced by cookies of various shapes. Candles, too, were often added as the symbol of Christ. In the same room, during the Christmas
Christmas
season, was the Christmas
Christmas
pyramid, a triangular construction of wood, with shelves to hold Christmas
Christmas
figurines, decorated with evergreens, candles, and a star. By the 16th century, the Christmas
Christmas
pyramid and paradise tree had merged, becoming the Christmas
Christmas
tree.  ^ Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (National Library of Portugal) - Codices Alcobacenses ([1] ); [BN: cod. alc. CLI / 64, Page. 330] Translated ("Nota de como has de poer o ramo de natal, scilicet: Em vespera de natal, buscarás huu grande Ramo de loureiro verde, e colherás muitas laranjas vermelhas e poer lhas has metidas pelos ramos que dele procedem specificadamente segundo já viste. E em cada hua laranja, poeras hua candea. E pendurarás o dicto Ramo per hua corda na polee que ha de star acerca da lampada do altar moor") ^ "History of Christmas
Christmas
Trees". History. Retrieved 15 December 2012.  ^ Helen Haidle (2002). Christmas
Christmas
Legends to Remember'. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-56292-534-5.  ^ Debbie Trafton O'Neal, David LaRochelle (2001). Before and After Christmas. Augsburg Fortress. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-8066-4156-0.  ^ Ehrsam, Roger (1999). Le Vieux Turckheim. Ville de Turckheim: Jérôme Do Bentzinger. ISBN 290623883X.  ^ Friedrich Amelung (1885). Geschichte der Revaler Schwarzenhäupter: von ihrem Ursprung an bis auf die Gegenwart: nach den urkundenmäßigen Quellen des Revaler Schwarzenhäupter-Archivs 1, Die erste Blütezeit von 1399–1557 [History of the Tallinn
Tallinn
Blackheads: from their origins until the present day: from the testimonial sources of the Tallinn
Tallinn
Blackheads archive. 1: The first golden age of 1399–1557] (in German). Reval: Wassermann.  ^ Ingeborg Weber-Kellermann (1978). Das Weihnachtsfest. Eine Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte der Weihnachtszeit [Christmas: A cultural and social history of Christmastide] (in German). Bucher. p. 22. ISBN 3-7658-0273-5. Man kann als sicher annehmen daß die Luzienbräuche gemeinsam mit dem Weinachtsbaum in Laufe des 19. Jahrhunderts aus Deutschland über die gesellschaftliche Oberschicht der Herrenhöfe nach Schweden gekommen sind. (English: One can assume with certainty that traditions of lighting, together with the Christmas
Christmas
tree, crossed from Germany
Germany
to Sweden in the 19th century via the princely upper classes.)  ^ Johannes Marbach (1859). Die heilige Weihnachtszeit nach Bedeutung, Geschichte, Sitten und Symbolen [The holy Christmas
Christmas
season for meaning, history, customs and symbols] (in German). p. 416. Was ist auch eine deutsche Christenfamilie am Christabend ohne Christbäumchen? Zumal in der Fremde, unter kaltherzigen Engländern und frivolen Franzosen, unter den amerikanischen Indianern und den Papuas von Australien. Entbehren doch die nichtdeutschen Christen neben dem Christbäumchen noch so viele Züge deutscher Gemüthlichkeit. (English: What would a German Christian family do on Christmas
Christmas
Eve without a Christmas
Christmas
tree? Especially in foreign lands, among cold-hearted Englishmen and frivolous Frenchmen, among the American Indians and the Papua of Australia. Apart from the Christmas tree, the non-German Christians suffer from a lack of a great many traits of German 'Gemütlichkeit'.)  ^ Jan Hermelink (2003). "Weihnachtsgottesdienst" [ Christmas
Christmas
worship]. In Christian Grethlein; Günter Ruddat. Liturgisches Kompendium (in German). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. p. 290. ISBN 978-3-525-57211-5.  ^ "Danmarks første juletræ blev tændt i 1808". Kristelig Dagblad. December 17, 2008. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013.  ^ Bingham, John (25 December 2015). "Queen's Christmas
Christmas
Day message: Monarch quotes from Bible to address a nation shaken by year of atrocities". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 25 December 2017.  ^ Stow, John (1603). Survey of London. London: John Windet. Against the feast of Christmas
Christmas
every man’s house, as also the parish churches, were decked with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green.  ^ "The History of the Christmas
Christmas
Tree at Windsor".  ^ In 1829 the diarist Greville, visiting Panshanger country house, describes three small Christmas
Christmas
trees "such as is customary in Germany", which Princess Lieven had put up. Hole, Christine (1950). English Custom and Usage. London: B. T. Batsford Ltd. p. 16.  ^ Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
(1912). Reginald Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, ed. The girlhood of Queen Victoria: a selection from Her Majesty's diaries. J. Murray. p. 61.  ^ Marie Claire Lejeune. Compendium of symbolic and ritual plants in Europe. Man & Culture. p. 550. ISBN 90-77135-04-9.  ^ ”GERMAN CHRISTMAS TREES. The nobility and gentry are respectfully informed that these handsome JUVENILE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS are supplied and elegantly fitted up...”:Times [London, England] 20 December 1842, p. 1. ^ The Christmas
Christmas
Tree: published by Darton and Clark, London. "The ceremony of the Christmas
Christmas
tree, so well known throughout Germany, bids fair to be welcomed among us, with the other festivities of the season, especially now the Queen, within her own little circle, has set the fashion, by introducing it on the Christmas
Christmas
Eve in her own regal palace." Book review of The Christmas
Christmas
Tree from the Weekly Chronicle, 14 December 1844, quoted in an advert headlined "A new pleasure for Christmas" in The Times, 23 December 1844, p. 8. ^ Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); William Henry Fox-Talbot's half-sister. ^ Correspondence of William Henry Fox-Talbot, British Library, London, Manuscripts – Fox Talbot Collection, envelope 20179 [2]. ^ Godfrey and Margaret Scheele (1977). The Prince Consort, Man of many Facets: The World and The Age of Prince Albert. Oresko Books. p. 78. ISBN 9780905368061.  ^ At the beginning of the year the custom was well-enough known for The Times to compare the January budget of 1848 with gifts handed out beneath "the Christmas
Christmas
tree": The Times (London, England), 21 January 1848, p. 4. ^ Special
Special
Christmas
Christmas
supplement edition, published 23 December 1848. ^ The Times (London, England), 27 December 1848. p. 7 ^ “Now the best Christmas
Christmas
box / You can give to the young / Is not toys, nor fine playthings, / Nor trees gaily hung...”: Manchester Guardian, Saturday, January 05, 1856, p. 6. ^ Manchester
Manchester
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Encyclopedia, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 71. ISBN 9780786468270. Over time, the popularity of the Chrismons tree grew and spread to other denominations around the world, while Chrismons themselves have become meaningful decorations throughout the year.  ^ "Chrismon Tree". St. John's Anglican
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Church. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. A number of ladies of St. John's have been hard at work producing beautiful Chrismons (Christian Monograms) out of wire and beads to decorate a "Chrismon Tree" that will be put up and dedicated on the First Sunday in Advent  ^ Glavich, Mary Kathleen (2010). Leading Young Catholics Into Scripture. Twenty-Third Publications. p. 36. ISBN 9781585958009. A parallel Advent
Advent
activity is the more recent custom of making a Chrismon tree (Christ + monogram). The Chrismon tree bears symbols of Jesus
Jesus
from the New Testament. While the children hang their symbols, related Scripture texts might be read. Possible figures for the Chrismon tree are Mary, Joseph, the star, manger, shepherd, angel, sheep, three kings, gifts, fish, dove, grapes, wheat, vine, crown, rock, alpha and omega symbols, Chi-Rho, anchor, and cross. The symbols are usually white and gold.  ^ First United Methodist
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Witness, Volume 83 (1964), p. 548 "the Chrismon (from CHRISt-MONogram) tree", and in James Edgar, Ellen Edgar, A Chrismon Service (1981), p. 2. The word's actual etymology, from Middle Latin (Landulf of Milan, 12th century) crismon, is less than clear: George Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers, The riddle of the 'Labarum' and the origin of Christian symbols, Allen & Unwin, 1966, p. 28; "I can find no roots, etymology or grounds for the adoption of the word adopted by some Christians, 'Chrismon', which is supposed to mean the 'Monogram of Christ', and which appears in some dictionaries (i.e. Funk and Wagnalis, 1922)." ^ Stookey, Laurence Hull (1 December 2011). Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church. Abingdon Press. p. 107. ISBN 9781426728044. Beyond that the term "Chrismon" is used loosely to refer to symbols related to Christ, including the orb, crown, fish, star, anchor, and a wide variety of forms on the cross. All of these, often made in materials of gold and white, are used on a pine or fir tree in place of the more usual multicolored ornaments used on trees at home. Lights are also usually of clear glass rather than being colored.  ^ Peter Mazar (2000). School Year, Church Year: Customs and Decorations for the Classroom. Liturgy Training Publications. p. 161. ISBN 1568542402.  ^ "Customs of the Weeks after Epiphany". Holy Trinity
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Christmas
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Christmas
tree, records for the Cathedral of Strassburg indicate that a Christmas
Christmas
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Christmas
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Christmas
tree, and it must have been a seasonal sight in Bach's Leipzig at a time when it was virtually unknown in England, and little known in those farmlands of North America
North America
where Lutheran
Lutheran
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Christmas
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Christmas
tree; how the evergreen is meant to represent the life everlasting, the candle lights to recall the light of the world, and the star at the top of the tree is to remind them of the star of Bethlehem.  ^ Jennifer Eremeeva (15 Dec 2010). "And so, is this Christmas?". Russia
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Beyond the Headlines. Russian Christians adhere to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, which lags 13 days behind the modern day calendar. This discrepancy was corrected in 1918, by the fledgling Bolshevik regime, but Christmas
Christmas
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Christmas
was shifted to New Year’s Eve. At the beginning, stringent measures were put in place to see off any holdover of the old days: Christmas
Christmas
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Russia
by Tsar Peter The Great in the 17th Century, were banned in 1916 by the Holy Synod as too German. The Bolsheviks kept the tree ban in place. Stalin declared Ded Moroz
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Christmas
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Christmas
(including Christmas
Christmas
trees) and Easter. Some schools, the League approvingly reported, staged an anti-religious day on the 31st of each month. Not teachers but the League's local set the programme for this special occasion.  ^ Dice, Elizabeth A. (2009). Christmas
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Christmas
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