The Christmas Tree

Winter Solstice

In the Northern hemisphere the winter solstice occurs in late December signifying the shortest day and longest night. That may not mean much to some us today who do not observe the times, but in those days when agriculture was such a big part of life that meant that the tide was turning and that the days would begin to get long and the nights shorter. In other words, the winter solstice was the halfway marker signifying that things would again begin to bloom, green, and be fruitful in due season.

To celebrate this early cultures like the Romans “decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs.” (1) The Egyptians who worshiped Ra, a god who wore the sun as a disk in his crown. To them the solstice was when Ra began to recover from illness and so they “filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.” (2)

 

The Christmas Tree

The modern day tradition of a Christmas tree is credited to the Germans of the 16th century. However with ties of decorating with evergreens being linked to paganism we can see why some New England Puritans were against the use of a tree. Such people as William Bradford who was the pilgrims’ second governor and also Oliver Cromwell are some to be named.

With steady influences such as from migrants from Germany and Europe the use of the Christmas tree became more commonplace here in America.

 

Then and Now

“The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes.” (3)

 

But this Christmas whether you decide to use a Christmas tree or not we here at Exit Realty we wish you and yours a  very Merry Christmas!

 

If you would like more information, please Contact Kathy Vetten

Cell Phone: 828-361-0360
Office Phone: 828-837-2288
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FOR ALL YOUR Real Estate needs.

Kathy Vetten / Broker-CRS. Murphy NC REAL ESTATE TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS – Kathy Vetten Broker / CRS –Exit Realty Mountain View Properties or visit my web site at www.kathyvetten.com.

Call the Office 828-837-2288 or take a look at our website for Homes, Land, Commercial, Home & Land Packages, Vacation Rentals, Long Term Leases.

 

Sources:
1. http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees
2. http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree

 

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