Do you know the history behind the Christmas tree? Our Pastor brought a really good message about them last night. Two trees - the one in the Garden of Eden, and the cross on the hill where Jesus hung and paid for my sins.
The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany. It's predecessors can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.
The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification.
It is frequently traced to the symbolism of trees in pre-Christian winter rites, in particular through the story of Donar's Oak and the popularized story of Saint Boniface and the conversion of the German pagans, in which Saint Boniface cuts down an oak tree that the German pagans worshipped, and replaces it with an evergreen tree, telling them about how its triangular shape reminds humanity of the Trinity and how it points to heaven.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
The flu bug is running rampant in our area. Many were out of church last night due to the flu. If possible, it is best to stay away from crowds, take Vitamin C, and of course, wash our hands. Jim and I are blessed to be able to stay home, and not be subjected to crowds, and I shopped online, not in the malls.
Laundry is calling my name, so I pray you have a good day without the flu bug visiting your house.
KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS