Friday, December 21, 2018

Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2018 (5) Christmas Tree

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are counting down to Christmas, as we do on a regular base here at CDHK. And today's episode is about the Christmas Tree. I think many of you will have a Christmas Tree in their homes or gardens. Of course I have one also. In my opinion Christmas without a Tree isn't really Christmas, but we may not forget why we celebrate Christmas ... the Birth Of Jesus Christ.

The tradition of the Christmas Tree goes far back into history, but the Christmas Tree as we know it now is a german "invention". Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

snowflakes whirl -
in front of the old church
the Tree of Light

© Chèvrefeuille (2011)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 28th at noon (CET). Have fun!

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