When you think of Christmas, one of the first images to spring to mind is probably a Christmas tree, covered in twinkly decorations, lights and tinsel. But where did the tradition of having a fir tree in our house and decorating it like this come from? Many people think the tradition of Christmas trees in Britain started with the Victorians. This refers to the time when Queen Victoria was on the throne, from 1837 until 1901. Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were known to be very big fans of Christmas! However, the tradition actually dates back further than that. It originally came from Germany, where Prince Albert was actually born, and was introduced to England during the Georgian period, when King George III was on the throne. He had a German wife called Charlotte, who it is thought used to decorate a tree for her family in the 1790s. But Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are said to be the ones who made it extremely popular and fashionable to decorate a tree at Christmas like this, which is why a lot of people think that they started the tradition in Britain. At first, people used to put their trees on tables, as they were smaller. But when it became possible to get bigger trees from Norway, people began to put their trees on the floor, with presents underneath. The reason that fir trees are traditionally used is because they are evergreen, which means they are still bright green with lots of leaves – even during the winter. Traditional Christmas trees are evergreens, which means they keep their bright, green leaves in the winter, unlike other trees
Ever since 1947, Norway has donated a tree to London to say thank you for helping them during World War II. A special ceremony is held in Norway in November, when the tree is cut down in the forest in Norway.
Then, it comes over to the UK by sea, before being driven to London on a big lorry. The Mayor of Oslo Marianne Borgen and the Lord Mayor of Westminster Steve Summers cut down 2016\’s Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in Oslo, Norway It is then put up in Trafalgar Square in London using a special crane. It is decorated in the traditional Norwegian way, with strings of lights going down the tree, rather than criss-crossing it. 12. 05. 16 Is it strange that you feel obligated to bring a tree into your house every year only to remove it one month later? Why in the world do you feel the need to bring a pine tree into your home on Christmas? Why do you only do it on Christmas? No one knows for certain why we decorate pine trees on Christmas. Based on historical evidence, it is too difficult to tell who started the tradition. However, many of the Christmas tree traditions honor Jesus, and therefore it can encourage us to continue such traditions to honor Christ. While people have decorated trees for hundreds of years, the 16 century German preacher Martin Luther, was the first person believed to have carried a pine tree into his home to decorate for Christmas. The story is told that, one night before Christmas, Martin was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through a pine trees branches.
It was so beautiful that he went home with the tree. He told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. Martin and his family hung candles on the tree as decorations to remind them of Jesus because Jesus is the light of the world. б By the mid-1800Бs decorating a pine tree on Christmas had become so popular that the King and Queen of England began decorating a Christmas tree. The story of Martin Luther is one of several stories that help us understand one aspect to the beginning of this Christmas tradition. However, other Christmas tree stories that surround our Christmas tree tradition give us a slightly different understanding of why we decorate pine trees on Christmas. Rather than point to one specific reason why we decorate trees, it is good for us to see a few special reasons. These traditions for pine tree decorating help us to remember why Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Together we will look at three Christ focused reasons why we decorate pine trees. Reasons #1: While others trees look dead during winter, the pine tree is healthy and alive. Shortly after the fall season begins, trees start losing their leaves, but not the pine tree. During the winter months, you can look across a forest and find the pine tree displaying a healthy green color. The pine tree is always alive. Just as the pine tree is always alive, Jesus remains alive forever.
Just as winter will not stop a pine tree, death will not stop Jesus. A Devotional Thought: Complete the thought according to John 14:6, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the _____ According to Romans 6:9 what did Jesus overcome forever? Reason #2: The pine tree points to heaven. While all other trees get bushy and broad on top, the top of a pine tree narrows down to just a single branch. It is shaped like an arrow, pointing to the sky. This pointing tree reminds us to look up to heaven. Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins as a servant and He will return as King from heaven above. A Devotional Thought: What does Titus 2:12-13 tell us to do? ____________________________________ б Reason #3: The green pine reminds us to look forward to a time when other trees will come back to life. The pine tree is a symbol of hope that spring will bring other trees back to life. Just as the pine tree causes us to look forward to new life in the Spring, Jesus encourages us to look forward to new life in Him. A Devotional Thought: Read Ephesians 2:4-6 and answer, what did Jesus do for us? ___________________ Read Revelation 21:1-4. What does this passage say about the life we will have with Jesus in heaven? ___________ Final Thought: We have examined three reasons why we decorate pine trees for Christmas. However, they donБt have to be the only reasons why we decorate. We decorate Christmas trees to point us to Jesus. Ask others in your family, БHow can the Christmas tree remind you of JesusБ?