The truth about the trees14:54
We all know what a scrooge I am right? At the time you'll be reading this, we still won't have decorated for Christmas. Unless you're reading this a week later by which time we will have.
This morning I woke up with a deep frustration at society for making me feel like I'm late putting up my decorations because it's the 6th of December (at time of writing) and I don't have any up. So I thought I'd look into the truth behind the Christmas tree.
I've seen on other blogs some very harsh Christian attitudes towards the celebrations at this time of year and the paganism that those traditions harp back to so I wanted to share this to clear things up. If you have a Christmas tree it doesn't mean that Jesus isn't the main focus of your celebration. Sometimes it's tiring trying to keep up with everyone else's convictions isn't it! I've decided to give up and just do what I want, when I want.
Phew, that's better.
Anyway, now onto the tree.
|Dus setting up our tree last year while I looked on with my jammies and a glass of wine. Similar to how it'll be this year then!|
|Aww, see how happy that little tree makes him|
Another story about the Christmas tree is that it was known as the Paradise Tree (Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden).
The children of Rosheim in the Alsace wanted to perform a paradise play of the middle ages at Christmas time. To portray the Garden of Eden they needed a tree and as it was winter the only tree that was green was the fir tree.
In the first act of the play, the children required an apple tree. They hung red apples on the tree so they could act out the story of disobedience.
In the second act, they wanted to portray the light that the birth of Christ brought into the world, so they put candles on the tree and lit them.
The third act was to portray the strength and substance that Jesus brought us (his disciples) and so they hung cookies on the tree.
So there you go, what do you think about that then?
If you want to talk pagan....Yule logs date back to when the Celts brought in a big log as a tribute to the Sun God and painted naked men on it in white paint to remember when they used to make human sacrifices!
p.s. Although Prince Albert was indeed credited with the popularity of the Christmas tree, George III's wife Queen Charlotte had had a Christmas tree in court since 1761 (this date might be wrong as I didn't write it down, I'm going on memory!) although it only became popular when a picture of Prince Albert's tree was featured in the newspapers and all the upper and middle classes rushed out to copy royalty.