12 Days of Christmas – The Christmas Tree

This blog is inspired by Sindy at bluebutterfliesandme who made the suggestion of having different people blog for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Great idea!

Please check her blog for the full details, and for where you can visit each day:

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

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The Christmas Tree

You can look all over the world to see that most countries have a form of Christmas tree on display at this time of year, usually decorated, especially with lights. But where does this tradition come from?

There are many traditions, from the ancient Romans and Egyptians, Germans and Scandinavians to the Druids and many pagan rituals that used evergreen trees to signify new life, spring, and the eventual returning of the light to the world. Various types of greenery were used, and usually brought indoors in winter, or at the time of the winter solstice, to help counteract the dark times and lack of apparent life during the colder months.

These could have been fir trees, but also date palm leaves in the case of Egyptians, or mistletoe or holly in the case of the Druids. Lights (candles back in the day) were later used to symbolise the return of the sun as a surety, and most probably as a symbol of God’s light to the world, Jesus Christ. Many old religions and traditions revered a sun god, and by keeping a symbol of life and light in their homes, it ensured his return in spring, when all things would grow again and agriculture could continue, completing the circle of life.

There is a legend of St Boniface, an English missionary who went to Germany to spread the idea of Christianity to the pagan people. On witnessing them worshipping at an oak tree, he cut it down. In its place appeared a fir tree, which Boniface took as a sign of Christian faith, and the symbolic fir tree has stuck.

Although even those in the Southern Hemisphere (such as in Australia where I live) keep the same tradition at Christmas time, we really should be celebrating it in our own winter solstice in the middle of the year, as that is our winter. Because the old pagan traditions have  been blended with the Christian beliefs originally put in place by the converted Romans, the winter solstice at the end of the year (Northern Hemisphere) has become associated with the birth of Christ, and hence the whole celebration it encompasses.

Whether you are Christian or otherwise, the idea of keeping the life and light in your home is a lovely one, and can be done with the traditional Christmas tree, or other greenery which you may like to place on an altar for reverence.

Link to next post: Karen at http://karenkubicko.wordpress.com/

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About Penny Houghton

I have been on my journey of self-discovery for many years, having had a particular interest in meditation and toning in the past. I am still seeking the Truth, and have given lectures on many topics, including healing through sound, animal afterlife, humans connecting and transforming, and living in the now. Currently I run a discussion group, and am considering running workshops. I am eager to share what I have learned along the way with others, and also to learn in return!
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21 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas – The Christmas Tree

  1. Penny

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    That is such a gift to add to our 12 Days of Christmas~ I just love reading everyone special perspective. I truly appreciate your kindness and collaboration.

    Namaste
    ❀✫ ღ✿ƸӜƷ ✿ღ ✫❀
    Sindy

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  3. Thank you, you are most welcome. I just love the whole idea of this connection between blogs for this theme.

  4. I don’t put up a tree but I put lights in the windows and always light candles in wintertime to bring warmth inside and remind me that the light will return soon.

  5. Penny that was so nice and interesting to read… thank you… Isn’t it great that we all connect on challenges like this… glad to meet you divine sister… i hope we can both enjoy each others company… Wishing you and your family a wonderful christmas time and new year… Barbara

    • Barbara, thank you for visiting! I have not long been blogging, but I am finding so many like-minded people out there, it’s just wonderful, and MUST spread the light further in the world! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. I loved your post about the origins of the christmas tree and wondered how winter solstice fared for those who have summer in December!

    My blog and mission is about spreading light so I am all onboard with extra light in times of darkness.

    peace,
    litebeing

    • Thank you for visiting. Yes, it is a little difficult here, because it is nice to celebrate Christmas with everyone else in the world, but it is not really the season to celebrate in the same way. A new tradition has been around now though, here in Australia, a lot of people are now celebrating what they call ‘Christmas in July’ (don’t know why July, considering the winter solstice is actually in June!), where we can use the colder months as a time of reflection and celebration of what is to come.

  7. holley4734 says:

    Wonderful post! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  8. shreejacob says:

    Thank you for your wishes…and a thought came to mind as I read your post…Jesus as the Christ signified to some extent the beginning of the end for the separation of God and man…he came to join us…bringing “light” into the hearts of men…and that sits really quite nicely with the meaning of the Winter Solstices too..hmm..I love it when I make connections like these! Even though most times it’s already known by others 😛

    This is the second post I’m reading about the different traditions / history of Christmas..which is always awesome 😉

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  11. Penny, loved your Christmas Tree Post, Christmas’s Message may have been lost within some of the new commercialised traditions we now see around our world… But its so good so many around the world join together in the celebration of giving .. I loved reading about the various traditions in History… Thank you for adding your ‘Light’ into the world and being part of this WordPress Family of friends which I love just keeps growing and growing… 🙂 Pleased to meet you Penny
    Blessings
    Sue

    • Thank you for reading my contribution to the ’12 Days of Christmas’. It is a great idea, isn’t it? I have also read your post, and I agree, not enough people focus on the true gifts in life. Wishing a happy Christmas to you and your family.

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