History of Christmas Trees

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Christmas trees are synonymous with Christmas, but do you happen to know the history of how they came to be? The history of Christmas trees can be traced all the way back to the symbolic use of evergreens in ancient Egypt and Rome. From there, the German tradition of candlelit Christmas trees was first brought to America in the 1800s. 

Evergreens back in the day had major significance outside of the decorative style and tradition Americans now do leading up to Christmas. They were hung over windows and doors to wade off evil spirits, ghosts, witches, and illness. However, it was Germany that is credited with the Christmas tree we know and love today. Devout Christians brought trees into their homes and begun decorating them. 

Most 19th century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity.  In the 1840s, the trees were pagan symbols and were not accepted by most Americans. By the 1890s due to the immigration of more German and Irish people, Christmas trees exploded in popularity and were a staple in American households. Trees that stretched from the floor to the ceiling were preferred along with homemade ornaments. 

Decorating Christmas trees is one of the most storied Christmas traditions of all time. And for good reason. It’s a sign that the holiday season is fully upon us.