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The Christmas Tree – Avas Flowers

on November 29, 2013

A Christmas tree is a tradition during the holiday season for many in the United States. How did the decorated evergreen become a symbol of Christmastime. The Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with roots back to the 16th century. In the early 18th century the custom of the decorated tree became common in the towns of the upper Rhineland but had not yet become common in rural areas. Originally the Christmas tree was taken as a Protestant custom and did not spread to the Catholic areas of Germany. Slowly in the middle 1800’s the custom became more widespread throughout Germany and began to become a symbol of German culture especially with emigrants overseas. In the early 19th century the custom became popular with the nobility of Europe and spread to royal courts as far away as Russia.

The custom started to become popular in England soon after Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert. What spurred the growth of the custom in England was a illustration in The Illustrated London News of the royal family standing around a decorated tree. Facsimiles of this illustration soon showed up in the United States and by the 1870’s putting up a Christmas tree had become a common occurrence in the United States. In 1965 a TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas helped spread the popular culture of the tree.

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