The Christmas tree is not a Christian Symbol!

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The Christmas season has its own traditional symbols. The decorations with stars and light, Santa Claus and carols are some of the Christian symbols. Christmas tree has become an inevitable part of the celebrations. When did the tradition of Christmas tree start in the Christian history?

Christmas tree – Christmas symbol

Christmas has come with usual lights and decorations. The Christmas season has its own traditional symbols. The decorations with stars and light, Santa Claus and carols are some of the Christian symbols. The Christmas tree has become an inevitable part of the celebrations. When did the tradition of Christmas tree start in the Christian history? How did it spread throughout the world? There are several legendary stories about the introduction of the Christmas tree.

Christmas tree – not a Christian tradition!

Although Christmas tree is an inevitable part of Christmas celebrations today, the origin of it was not Christian. Tradition says that the Christmas tree was introduced in Germany by the Benedictine monks.

St. Boniface of Crediton, a Benedictine monk of the 8th century, who came across with the Germanic tribes saved a girl who had been tied to an oak tree by the German tribes for a human sacrifice. The saint saved the girl and converted the people.

Legends about Christmas tree


Legends say that the tree to which the girl was tied was an ancient oak tree considered sacred in Norse mythology and Boniface cut it to save the girl. But he showed the people a tender fig tree growing between the roots of the oak tree. This led to the inclusion of Christmas tree during Christmas. The tradition of the tribes was included in the German culture which has become popular throughout the world through the British.
Christmas tree a symbol of Redemption
Christmas time is the season of winter darkness. But the evergreen trees such as conifers, pines and firs have become the recognizable symbols of the Feast of Christ's Nativity, who came to save the humanity.
God is always with humanity, feeding it with evergreen love and grace. The birth of Jesus is the greatest proof for the love of God. The birth of Jesus or Nativity is the season of joy and peace for every human being.

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Christmas Tree, Decorations, Evergreen, Legends, Santa Claus, St Boniface, Symbol, Tradition

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Dec 2014 (#)

lovely heart warming this..thank you dear vp...holiday greetings and love to you...

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author avatar vpaulose
21st Dec 2014 (#)

My heart does sing a carol in praising my sister Carolina!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Dec 2014 (#)

Oh I think its even older than that, pagans used to bring evergreen branches into their homes in the winter because they were believed to have magical powers since they remained green all year.

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author avatar vpaulose
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you, dear Guruji, for this additional info.

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author avatar Retired
20th Dec 2014 (#)

Christmas trees arise from tradition and are filled with the symbolism of the season.

The origin of the Christmas tree tradition always seems to get lost. Thanks for the reminder about the Benedictine monk.

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author avatar vpaulose
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you for the comment.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Dec 2014 (#)

Certainly the Christmas festival pre-dates Christianity and it is my belief that the tree had something to do with these ancient European celebrations, particularly the lands that are now Norway and Sweden.

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author avatar vpaulose
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Grateful regards, dear Peter for your appreciation.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Intersting post and very well written with a lot of truth in it, the Christmas tree doesn't represent the Christians religion, Happy Holidays VP!

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author avatar vpaulose
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Hearty greetings and grateful regard!

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author avatar writestuff
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks for this informative post. There has been a lot of misinformation regarding seasonal celebrations,cultural traditions, pagan rites, lore, etc.. and their inferred association with Christianity. To date, there are still efforts to suggest Didjeridu Meditations, a seasonal tradition and Kwanzaa, a cultural celebration are connected with Christmas and its historical celebration of Christians.

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author avatar vpaulose
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

People share the joy of the festival.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Quite informative.

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author avatar vpaulose
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you dear. Unable to contact you on Bubblews?

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author avatar snerfu
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Nice story and well presented Mr Paulose. Hope you have a great Christmas in Canada.

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author avatar vpaulose
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you dear brother. Merry Christmas.

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author avatar Natraj
7th Jan 2015 (#)

As usual one more nice post of you on X-mas tree. Nice to read it here.

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author avatar vpaulose
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Natraj for the comment.

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