The Legend of the Christmas Tree

The Legend of the Christmas Tree

Christmas is Here!




By Mary Emma Allen

One story handed down from the early days in England maintains that a monk, known as St. Wilfred, spread his Christian religion among the Druids. From his teachings evolved the belief that the fir tree would be the symbol of the Christmas season and the celebration of the Christ Child's birth. They were to gather round it in their homes, he told his converts, to give gifts and perform acts of kindness.

It's said by some that Martin Luther was the first to place lights on a Christmas tree. Supposedly he was very impressed with the stars shining through the branches of the evergreens one snowy Christmas Eve. To recreate the scene for his family, he cut a small green tree and decorated it with lighted candles.

Christmas Tree Custom Spreads

The custom of the Christmas tree was at first predominant in Protestant countries. Then it slowly spread throughout Europe until now the Christmas tree is part of the holiday decorations in many churches.

Decorated trees also are found in many homes in America and Europe, as well as other parts of the world during the holiday season. As we gather around the Christmas tree with family and friends during this season, we often share gifts and refreshments, creating an atmosphere of love and joy and giving.



(c)2004 Mary Emma Allen

About the author

Mary Emma Allen writes for children and gives author presentations in schools. "Tales of Adventure & Discovery" contains many of her children's stories, poems, and illustrations. Her picture book, "Sarah Jane's Daring Deed" soon will be published. Visit her web site: http://homepage.fcgnetworks.net/jetent/mea.

 

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