The Christmas tree is what got me started on this little adventure of mine. Which has turned out not so little… he he
I watched this movie called “The Perfect Gift” and it gave a lot of different info about Christmas. Pretty good movie too.
Now about the tree, they said that the evergreen was chosen because it represents eternal life and that they cut it down and put it back up as a representation of Christ death and resurrection. AWESOME!!!!
So far I haven’t found anything to back up that last part, but that doesn’t make it not true. That could be someone’s reasoning out there and I’m probably going to adopt it as mine. I was already considering something different with the tree when I heard this. Now I’m all excited about the day when I can personally go and cut down my own tree. I also think it would make for a great task when someone gives they’re life over to Jesus or a kid reaches a certain age.
Now let’s get into my research — >
Egypt, Rome, Pagans, and Druids is where it all starts, but not the tree. Since evergreens stay green all year round they caught the attention of many people. So, all these people I mentioned used holies, missile toe, branches, and etc. (but not the actual tree) in ceremonies, festivities, or gave them as gifts for providence into the next year. It was a sign of eternal life. Just not the eternal life you know as a Christian. There’s plenty of information out there so have at it! :D
The actual putting up of a tree around the time of Christmas pops up in Germany. Yup Germany! I think they’re behind everything! ha ha
There’s also the reference to the Yule tree which is completely Pagan and a lot of talk about the tree today originating from it, but it seems they fall more towards the origination coming from the “paradise tree” that was used in plays, on Christmas eve, telling the story of Adam and Eve.
Now before that though, there is a story about a monk from Devonshire who visited germany and shared his faith in GOD using an evergreen fir-tree. He used the shape of the fir-tree to describe the Holy Trinity of GOD the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The converted people started to revere the fir-tree as GOD’s tree, as they use to the oak. It was later found hanging upside down from the ceiling in people’s home, around the time of Christmas, as a sign of Christianity.
Cool Cool :D
I found many mentions of Martin Luther being the originator for lighting up the tree. It was also said to not be true. Ridiculous I know! I’m starting to think no one really knows and everyone’s going to have their own story. Here’s that tale… Shortened! :D
One day he was chiilin’ in the woods :D and was struck by the beauty of a small group of evergreens. Their branches, clustered with snow, glistened in the moon light. To share tis experience with others, he set up a tree in his home and decorated it with candles. Then he lit the candles in honor of Christ birth.
Of course the tree was banned in america for a long time. It was seen as too pagan and I can see why. There’s way more to back that up than any of the other claims and well that’s how it tends to go in life.
You have to make the decision for your self. You really need to check yourself. We can’t continue to carry on blindly. Yes! It does matter if it was possibly started as a pagan tradition and kept just to please the converted and then given Jesus’s Birth as an excuse to celebrate. That’s why you have to make the decision for yourself. No matter what others may think, say, or do. You need to research this stuff and pray and see if you should truly be doing it. I know I am!
If we keep it? I’d say we better redefine it then.
Is it really about Christ or should we maybe consider some other options. Do we give it completely over to HIM or abandon it completely? If it is for HIm he shouldn’t be expected to share it. There are so many good things about this time of year,but even the bad. That’s why I’d like to keep it, but the bad must go. At least in your own home.
Teach to Give! Not receive.
Teach to Share! Not hoard.
Teach about being good because it’s the right thing to do,
not because you’ll get something out of it.