With Thanksgiving fast approaching and Christmas just around the corner, The Holiday Blog continues the Christmas countdown with some fun and festive ways to make priceless moments even more memorable! Decorating the tree, telling stories, roasting chestnuts around the fire, hanging Christmas lights, getting a picture with Santa, opening presents, and just being present with the ones you love at the dinner table is what makes the holiday season so unique. But before getting into some creative ways of capturing the holiday spirit, let's take another trip down memory lane and explore the history of the Christmas tree.
The First Christmas Tree
Evergreen trees have long been associated with eternal life in pre-Christian cultures, including the Egyptians, the Chinese, and the Hebrews.
In ancient Egypt, people cut down coniferous trees and brought them into their homes and temples in time for the winter solstice. During this time of the year, the Egyptians believed that their supreme god Ra was sick and weak, and to show their support for him, they decorated the evergreen trees to symbolize the triumph of life over death.
Evergreen Trees Weren't Used Just by the Egyptians.
The Druids, ancient priests, and shamans in the Celtic tribes believed that in order to ascend to the gods in the afterlife, you need to honor them by bringing evergreen plants into your home. This tradition dates back to the 8th century, and the most revered plant that the Druids used to observe was the Oaktree. Interestingly, the word "Druid" actually comes from the Celtic word for Oak, 'Duir.' In their beliefs, the Oak was a host to the strength and energy of their gods and catching a falling leaf from the tree was said to bring good luck and prosperity.
The roots of the modern Christmas tree can be traced back to the Roman traditions of Saturnalia, Mithraism, and the cult of Sol Invictus. In honor of the god Saturn (Chronos in Greek), Romans celebrated Saturnalia in late December, including merrymaking, gift-giving, debt forgiveness, and the decorating of evergreen trees. Archaeological evidence suggests that this tradition persisted into the third century AD. The Edict of Milan of Emperor Constantine in 313 AD recognized Christianity and made Christianity the official religion of Rome ten years later. December 25th, 336 AD, was the date of the first recorded Christmas celebration. Emperor Aurelian had previously made the cult of Sol Invictus the state religion on December 25th, 274 AD. December 25th was also the birthday of the god Mithra, whose cult was so popular that historian Ernest Renan wrote that.
"If the growth of Christianity had been arrested by some mortal malady, the world would have been Mithraic."
The Christmas Tree and Christianity
Obviously, many people liked evergreen trees throughout history and connected them with immortality and divinity, but the specific importance of the Christmas tree traditions began with one of the first Christian Saints: Saint Boniface. His figure was so crucial to the Anglo-Saxons during the 8th century that he has since become the patron Saint of Germany. Legend has it that Saint Boniface and his followers cut down a tree sacred to Germanic pagans and used it to build a church dedicated to St. Peter. The German theologian and priest Martin Luther, best known for the Reformation of the Church and the creation of Protestantism, is credited as the founder of the modern Christmas tree tradition in Germany.
At the time, German Christians used to gather outdoors and build pyramids out of wood and decorate them with lit candles and evergreen branches to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Inspired by the magical views of gleaming trees outside, Luther decided to carry this tradition into people's homes by bringing Christmas trees inside.
This tradition was continued by Queen Victoria, the second longest-reigning monarch in world history.
Her 1846 portrait shows the Queen of the United Kingdom posing with her children and her husband, Prince Albert, in front of a decorated Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. It is precisely this portrait that made the festive decoration of the evergreen tree a famous and symbolic Christmas tradition. In 1856, Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, was the first to place a decorated Christmas tree in the White House.
The Holiday Blog hopes that you enjoyed learning the history of the best Christmas symbol. There are many unique ways to use your Santa Magic photo. Being your secret helper, The Holiday Blog has prepared numerous tips and ideas how to turn your festive memories into creative accents that help you stand out among everyone else this holiday season. Check them out!
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