Origin of Christmas Trees

Origin of Christmas Trees

In this article, I will be discussing why we put up trees for Christmas and why some people decorate their trees a certain way. Let’s discover the true meaning of the Christmas Tree.

What is a Christmas Tree?

This is an Evergreen Tree Conifer.  (Unknown)

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree. It’s usually an evergreen tree conifer, such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas. Some people like to decorate their Christmas tree with a certain theme.

True Meaning of a Christmas Tree

The meaning of a Christmas Tree comes from Christianity. A Christmas tree is used as a symbol of the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The tree’s branches and shrubs are viewed as an emblem of immortality and said to symbolize the crown of thorns worn by Christ on the cross.

Why are Christmas Trees a Thing?

This picture shows a nativity ornament on a tree. (Unknown)

Christmas trees, or Fir trees, were used by the Romans to decorate their temples at the Festival of Saturnalia. Christians use them as a sign of everlasting life with God.

However, Germany was the first to use a tree for Christmas. Families would set up an Evergreen tree (or piles of wood in a pyramid shape) from outside in their homes on December 24th due to a shortage of wood in the winter. They decorated the pines with wafers and candles and used them as a reminder that Spring was coming soon.

Different Decorations Used on Christmas Trees:

The picture shows a bell ornament.

Christmas trees are decorated in many different ways. Ornaments are one of the most popular Christmas decorations used. Decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon is also a popular decoration many use. A loosely wrapped wide-patterned ribbon around the tree adds immense detail to any tree! Ribbon is also used to attach big bows on the branches.

Why are lights used to decorate a tree?

This picture shows trees lit up with Christmas lights.

Because Christmas trees were decorated with candles to symbolize Christ being the light of the world and God’s spirit; the importance of enlightenment and knowledge; and/or the warmth of family love, some modern Christians believe that strings of lights make the tree. Red ornaments or other red decorations on a Christmas tree are also symbolic of Christ’s blood and sacrifice.

What is the difference between store-bought trees and real trees?

Real tree in comparison to a fake tree.

Some people like to buy fake trees because they last longer. With fake trees, you don’t have to water or clean the pines that fall off. Other people choose a real tree for a more natural feeling and scent. The tradition of going out with your family and choosing a tree that everyone likes is also a huge fan favorite.


In conclusion, Christmas trees have a big impact on the holiday all together. Christmas trees are the first thing families want to put up after Thanksgiving (sometimes even after Halloween!) and it is looked forward to by people of all ages. Tree lighting and decorating help bring people together. It’s a special time filled with different traditions for many.

Works Cited

“Christmas lights” Wikipedia. Wikipedia 2023. Web. 19 December 2023.

Cooper, Megan. “Christmas Tree Meaning: Behind the Beloved Tradition” Love to Know. Love to Know 2021.

Web. 19 December 2023.

Rocks, Chelsea. “Christmas Trees: why do we decorate trees, when did the tradition start and what country

do they come from?”  The Scotsman. The Scotsman 2020. Web. 19 December 2023.

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