Tuesday, December 16, 2008

THE TREE IS UP

My Christmas tree is up and really pretty. Have you ever been amazed at what a few lights and ornaments can do to a little Charlie Brown tree?



As I listened to carols talking about the birth of our Lord Jesus, I thought about something rather profound. Have you ever thought about the fact that Mary could have said no?

I also thought about how the tradition of Christmas came to be. A little research found this:

Traditions: Christmas Trees and OrnamentsThe fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity (OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL I AM SURE), was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

Artificial trees: also originated in Germany to help prevent deforestation...these were called feather trees and were made of feathers.

Pagan celebrations: Solstice celebrations held by Japan, Finlin, Sweden, Norway, Pakastan, and many if not most countries are very similar to the christians Christmas celebration.

It is no wonder some believe Christial holidays to be paganistic.

2 comments:

Patrice Farmer said...

They were originally pagan holidays that were adopted by Christians in order to convert the masses...sorry, I have a B.A. in Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology...Religion and Cultural are my favorite subjects or at least they used to be now its chickens-lol!

SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

OH cool!!! I did not know that. yep it seems once you are into chicks, they seem to take over and the world goes away!!