O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!
(from the German carol, O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum)
Here is one of a number of images of my newly-constructed ‘tree with a twist’ – captured this morning whilst a summer storm was building.
Numerous websites offer a range of materials concerning the origins of the Christmas tree. On one, The Holiday Spot, I found a plasuible summary:
“Like the majority of practices associated with Christmas, the tradition arose from the intermingling of ancient Roman beliefs and the spreading Christian religion. Early Christians believed certain trees flowered unseasonably on Christmas Eve as homage to Jesus’ birth. This belief combined with the Roman practice of decorating their homes with greenery for the New Year formed the basis of our modern fascination with icicles and fancy angel tree toppers.”