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Oh Christmas Tree!

Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals.  In the mid 1500’s, Germans began using evergreen trees as a symbol of hope for the coming of spring. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorated a small Christmas Tree with candles, to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night.

Martin Luther and family celebrate with a Christmas tree 1536.

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

Washington crosses the Delaware while Hessian soldiers decorate their Christmas trees!

Hessian soldiers decorated Christmas trees here in America during the American Revolution because they were hungry for a little bit of home.  Some accounts even go so far as to credit the Christmas tree for Washington’s success in crossing the Delaware unnoticed. Supposedly the Hessian soldiers were so busy in decorating their Christmas tree with its candles and celebrating that they were paying little attention to their duties!

Fast forward to 1923 when Calvin Coolidge became the president responsible for lighting the First National Christmas tree in 1923.

The first White House Christmas Tree in 1923.

The tradition of decorating a tree at the Rockefeller Center began in 1931. This spectacular tree is often close to 100ft. tall.

 

The Seeds of Happiness family wishes you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year…may all of your wishes come true!