There are many stories regarding the origin of the Christmas tree, making it the likeliest place of origin.
In the 16th century devotes Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.
In Germany, the first Christmas Trees were decorated with edible things, such as gingerbread and gold covered apples. It is described as a tree decorated with “apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers”. It was displayed in a ‘guild-house’.
These were used in medieval German Mystery or Miracle Plays that were acted out in front of Churches on Christmas Eve.
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The first person to bring a Christmas tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. He decorated the Christmas tree with small candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ’s birth.
In early church calendars of saints, 24th December was Adam and Eve’s day.
Meaning of Christmas Tree
Christmas tree decorates symbolism everlasting life and light. Blue and white represents one and winter, red represents blood of Jesus the savior.
The Christmas star on the tree denotes the star of Bethlehem also known as the Christmas Star. It is the star which leads the wise men to Bethlehem.
Tradition has it that Christmas was decorated with candles as a symbol Christ begging the light of the world. Electrical lights on Christmas tree became popular in the early 20th century.
Traditionally Christmas tree is taken down on 6 January. After the 12 days of celebrations as per tradition.