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A Brief History of the Christmas Tree

A Brief History of the Christmas Tree

Almost every home that celebrates Christmas has a Christmas tree, but have you ever wondered why?  It is so easy to pop down to your nearest Lowes Store, armed with a Lowes Money Off Coupon and buy a Christmas tree and then decorate it. But why do we have Christmas Trees in the first place?

No one really knows the true origin of the Christmas Tree and winter trees, especially Pine trees can be traced back beyond the roots of Christianity. Initially hanging evergreen branches over doors and having an evergreen tree indoors was considered to be a sign of good luck during the cold winter months. Many people in many countries believed the trees would ward off evil spirits and even prevent illness. Very often, in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest days of the year were celebrated and part of the ritual from 20th to around the 26th December involved evergreen trees and branches where the trees showed signs of life and good health as the God became weak making the sun weak.

The Modern Tree

Times moved on and round the 16th German Christians began bringing evergreen trees inside and started decorating them. Traditionally decorated with roses, apples, wafers and a new invention called tinsel the tradition grew in popularity. By the 18th century candles became part of the décor and by the 19th Century Germans overseas continued the tradition.  In 1846 Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were pictured with their very own Christmas tree and soon the popularity of the tree spread further and faster than ever before.

Coming to America

By the 20th century, the Christmas tree was as popular in America as it was across Europe. Now, the country is home to of the most frequently visited Christmas tree in the world, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This tradition dates back to 1931, when a small, undecorated tree was placed at the centre of the site by construction workers. Two years later, another tree was placed there, but this time with twinkling fairy lights. Today, the giant Rockefeller Center tree is adorned with over 25,000 Christmas lights and is an iconic sight in New York City.

Your Own Christmas Tree

Getting your own Christmas Tree, either a natural tree or an artificial one is very much a part of Christmas. Lowes has a wide range of trees and many amazing decorations to choose from at great prices. With a Lowes Money Off Coupon from We Are Coupons you can save more money on your tree and decorations and make the best tree your family has ever known.

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