Thu Dec 12 2013 06:38 am EST - Virtual Tree Farm > Christmas Tree History
The History of Christmas Trees, Part One
- Evergreens have been associated with seasonal celebrations since ancient times.
- Seasonal celebrations occur at the time of winter solstice.
- Evergreens have been used as symbols by various nationalities and/or religious groups, including: Egyptians, Romans, Druids, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Spaniards and Slovaks.
- Yule log traditions contributed to superstitions, as well as the traditions of gift giving and decorating the log or tree.
The History of Christmas Trees, Part Two
- 14th century "Miracle Plays" held annually on December 24th required stage props of apple trees. In colder climates this led to the use of decorated evergreens.
- The traditional red and green seasonal colours developed from these plays and stage props.
- Over time, foods were added as decorations on the trees.
- Gradually, metal ornaments replaced some of the edible decoration.
The History of Christmas Trees, Part Three
- First use of evergreen as a Christmas tree in Canada occurred in Sorel, Quebec in 1781.
- Next recorded use was in Halifax in 1846. After that, use spread quickly.
- Customs varied in different areas of the country.
- Present day celebrations have borrowed customs from many lands, but the tradition of the Christmas tree is practiced by people from all over the world.
- Choosing the Christmas tree has become a tradition as significant as decorating the tree.
Christmas Tree Care
How to take good care of your Christmas Tree: