News

The tradition of the tree

The tradition of the tree

THE TREE: Christmas trees are among the most cherished Christmas traditions. Photo: clipart.com

Each year, we buy millions of Christmas trees at lots and tree farms across the country. As with many Christmas customs, this one has its roots in many times and places.

Most historians believe the first decorated Christmas trees in the United States appeared in the mid 19th century. But the tree as a symbol dates back centuries.

The National Christmas Tree Association says Egyptians used to bring green palm branches into their homes on the shortest day of the year — in December — as a symbol of life’s triumph over death.

PHOTOS: Rockefeller Christmas tree | White House Christmas tree

Romans decorated their homes with evergreens during the winter festival Saturnalia.

Experts also trace the Christmas tree to Germany in the 15th or 16th century. One version suggests the Protestant reformer Martin Luther began the tradition.

The practice is thought to have traveled to the New World with European settlers and Revolutionary War soldiers.

President Calvin Coolidge began the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in 1926.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Travis Tritt unharmed as fire breaks out at Georgia home

Fresh
travistritt

The singer was at his Powder Springs estate on Wednesday, when his mother-in-law discovered the backyard had gone up in flames.

in Music

Luke Bryan wants a duet partner

Fresh
25-overlay18

The country star admits he wasn't initially thinking of Karen Fairchild as a duet partner on his new album, "Kill The Lights."

in Entertainment

‘Partridge Family’ star David Cassidy discusses bankruptcy auction

Fresh
20-overlay9

The '70s star is putting his Florida mansion up for auction in September.

in Entertainment

Stallone puts ‘Rocky,’ ‘Rambo’ memorabilia up for auction

Fresh
sylvesterstallone

"Rambo" and "Rocky" fans no longer have to fight Sylvester Stallone for a piece of those movies' memorabilia.

in Viral Videos

Drunk Ron Weasley celebrates Harry Potter’s birthday

Fresh
12-overlay13

Simon Pegg visits "The Tonight Show" to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday.