The History of the Christmas Tree


One of the most iconic parts of Christmas is the Christmas tree. It is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Christmas, but why is it such an iconic symbol of the holiday? It has become a necessity in the tradition. After all, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a tree: A tree to take photos around, a tree to put presents under, and a tree to decorate. Well, the history of these symbolic trees starts even before Christianity itself. 

Plants and trees that remain green throughout the entire year held a special place in people’s hearts, especially during winter. It was even believed that putting these green plants out during winter would ward away evil spirits and ghosts. They also reminded people that spring would always come again, and the sun would return. Even in Ancient Egypt, Rome, and Northern Europe, green plants were a sign of rebirth and life over death. As time went on and Rome became Christian, the Roman holiday of Saturnalia and the celebration of the Winter Solstice on the 25th of December became celebrated for the birth of Christ and hence the name Christmas. So let that be a little fun fact for you to have as the holiday season starts and the fun begins!