Have you ever wondered where the idea of a Christmas Tree originated? I decided to do a little research and find out for myself. Well, there were many different ideas, some of which were fictional legends, but I was able to come across some articles that really made me think.
Many believe that the Christmas tree was started by Martin Luther who brought a fir tree into his home as a sign of life. Other sources, however, state that this idea is a pure legend.
In an article written by Dr. Richard P. Bucher, he explains his own research of the scholarly records to see where the true meaning behind the christmas tree began. His sources have brought him to the conclusion that the original idea of the evergreen tree was used as the paradise tree in religious plays performed outdoors or in churches. One of the most popular scenes was depicting creation with Adam & Eve, their sin and banishment from paradise, ending with the promise of Christ. The tree would be the only prop with apples hanging from it, which Eve would take from and give to Adam.
After they discontinued the plays, people had grown so accustomed to the tree, that they started bringing them into their own homes and decorating them with apples (representing sin) and homemade wafers (representing communion and life). It has slowly changed over the years to adding lights and decorative globes, etc.
I found this quote from him worth thinking about, even for those of us who don't necessarily carry the tradition of having a 'Christmas tree' in our homes. "The tree reminds us of the tree in Eden by which Adam and Eve were overcome and which thrust them into sin. But more importantly, the tree reminds us of the tree by which our sin was overcome, namely the tree upon which Christ Jesus was crucified."
You can find Dr. Bucher's article here.
According to Wikipedia, the Christmas tree began in Germany and was a form Christianization of pagan tradition of winter solstice.
You can find the article here.
Whether these sources and others that I read have any validity or not, I feel that the modern day Christmas tree is most likely a blend of both fact and legend. Where exactly it originated from, I still don't know what to think. One thing is for sure, my research has really made me think.
Should I get a paradise/christmas tree?