Monday, December 9, 2013
Though Christians in our culture tend to take Christmas trees for granted, a child may sometimes ask the obvious question: What does a tree have to... Read More
Why do we have Christmas trees?
Monday | December 9, 2013 | 08:00 AM
Though Christians in our culture tend to take Christmas trees for granted, a child may sometimes ask the obvious question: What does a tree have to do with Jesus’ birthday?
About 500 years ago, Christmas trees began showing up in homes throughout Germany. Small fir trees were decorated with apples, wafers, nuts, dates, pretzels, paper flowers and sugar ornaments, which children collected as gifts on Christmas Day. Over a period of several centuries, the Christbaum, or “Christ tree,” spread to other nations, including the United States.
However the first Christmas tree came to be, today it has become a beautiful symbol of the Nativity. Like the evergreen branches, God’s love never withers. The lights remind us that Christ is the Light of the World. Bells, a sign of joy, make us think of church bells calling us to worship Him.
An angel atop the tree points to the angels that announced His birth. A star on the highest branch represents the Star of Bethlehem, which guided the Wise Men. Gold-colored ornaments remind us of the gold they brought to Jesus. Candy canes look like a shepherd’s crook; they recall that shepherds visited the stable, and that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
Why, then, do we have Christmas trees today? Because they help us remember who Jesus is and why He was born.
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