Coloring Pages Christmas Tree – The custom of installing Christmas trees as decorations started in Germany. The installation of the Christmas tree, which is generally made of spruce, or adapting the shape of a spruce tree, began in the 16th century.
When the German population spread to various regions including America, they often installed fir, which is an evergreen tree for Christmas decorations in the house. From existing records, Germans in Pennsylvania, United States displayed Christmas trees for the first time in the 1830s.
The Christmas tree is not a must in church or at home because it is only a symbol so that our spiritual life will always grow and become a beautiful witness to other “evergreens”. This Christmas tree (fir) also symbolizes “eternal life”, because in general, in winter, almost all trees lose their leaves, except for the evergreen tree.
The installation of fir trees, both real and made of plastic, in the city center or in public places is also a common sight before Christmas. One of the largest is the tree at Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue New York, United States.
According to a legend, an English clergyman named Saint Boniface who led several churches in Germany and France on his way met a group of people who were about to dedicate a child to the god Thor on an oak tree. To stop their evil deeds, Saint Boniface miraculously knocked down the oak tree with a punch of his hand. After this amazing event, at the place of the fallen oak tree, a pine tree grew.
Martin Luther and his pollen tree
Another story tells of an incident when Martin Luther, a leader of the Church Reformation, was walking in the forest one night. Impressed by the glittering beauty of the millions of stars in the sky shining through the pine branches of the forest, Martin Luther cut down a small spruce and brought it home to his family. To create the sparkling stars he saw in the forest, Martin Luther put candles on each branch of the pine tree.
Despite the truth of the stories above, to this day the installation of Christmas Trees still raises pros and cons among Christians. For those who do not like the Christmas tree, it is said that in ancient times the Romans used the pine tree for the celebration of Saturnalia, they decorated it with small decorations and small masks, because on December 25 this is the birthday of the sun god, Mithras, originally from the Iranian sun god who was later worshiped in Rome. Likewise, Sunday is a day to worship the sun god according to the meaning of the words Zondag, Sunday or Sonntag. It should also be noted that other sun gods, such as Osiris, the Egyptian sun god, was born on December 27th. Likewise the sun gods Horus and Apollo were born on December 28.
Therefore, there are certain church traditions that prohibit the Christmas tree tradition, because they consider this to be worship of the sun god. Installation of the tree is regarded as a form of idolatry. The reaction to the rejection was initially colored by the German government’s decision to fine anyone who planted a fir tree as a Christmas tree.
That is starting to change, when a picture of Queen Victoria of England, Prince Albert of Germany, and her children in a pine cone was illustrated in London News. Due to the very popular figure of Victoria, the publication of the image in the mass media made the spruce a common choice as a Christmas tree.
A study conducted in the United States found that a Christmas tree can be home to 25,000 insects. The types of insects that inhabit the Christmas tree include Collembola, Psocoptera, mites, moths and spiders. They are supposed to hibernate in winter, but with the presence of a tree and the warmth of the fire and heating, they have come to believe that spring has arrived so that it breeds in the trees and beyond.
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