This Christmas Season

viewerOn this Christmas season of 2012, I want to give praises to my Lord, who we Christians, celebrate his birth, dying later for the sins of all mankind.  There is dispute on our uses of the Christmas tree, history, below.  But, even though it wasn’t used in Christ’s time and he was probably born in the fall not December 25th, we still give Him our love and praises for Christmas IS about the birth of our Savior, afterall.  As you read below, it originated in Germany, with Martin Luther as well, once  miraculously transformed, left the Catholic Church after finally receiving salvation, God’s free gift to us.  Thus,  the great Reformation then begun in Christianity.

Please click link to read Billie Graham’s Advent:

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History of our Christmas Tree:

The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia, in 1510, according to the Chesterfield, Mo.-based National Christmas Tree Association. It was decorated with cookies, sweets, paper and fruit.

In 1531, the first Christmas tree lots began in German cities. The decorations changed to ribbon, books, food, lace and other items by the 1600s.

In 1777, the association says the tradition was brought to America by Hessian troops.

The first tree lot in the United States opened in 1851 in New York City. The White House’s first Christmas tree was in 1856.

And:

Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.

Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ’s birth.

The Christmas tree tradition most likely came to the United States with Hessian troops during the American Revolution, or with German immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio, adds Robson.

But the custom spread slowly. The Puritans banned Christmas in New England. Even as late as 1851, a Cleveland minister nearly lost his job because he allowed a tree in his church. Schools in Boston stayed open on Christmas Day through 1870, and sometimes expelled students who stayed home.

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them all. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years later, the custom was nearly universal.

Christmas tree farms sprang up during the depression. Nurserymen couldn’t sell their evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees. Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical shape then wild ones.

Six species account for about 90 percent of the nation’s Christmas tree trade. Scotch pine ranks first, comprising about 40 percent of the market, followed by Douglas fir which accounts for about 35 percent. The other big sellers are noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce.

Premission was granted for Internet use by — Written by: David Robson, Extension Educator, Horticulture; Springfield Extension Center

http://www.christmastreehistory.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree

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