Legend of the Christmas tree
The legend of the Christmas tree has several interesting stories that have been passed down through the centuries.
At the moment of the birth of Christ, one myth says that every tree bore perfect fruit to bear tribute and honor to the Lord except the lowly
fir tree. This tree was ashamed of his stature
until the Lord approached him and caused him
to sparkle with light.
One enchanting tale holds that a poor family generously took in a needy child near Christmas.
This child was in fact the Christ Child. To repay this family for their kindness the child created a small lit fir tree outside the home to light the way for other weary travelers in need of blessing.
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Another legend of the Christmas tree states, that in the year 722, St. Boniface , cut down an oak tree to prevent heathens from sacrificing a young child at its base. The tale says that a fir tree instantly grew in its place. To the heathens then, this became the Tree of Life; representing Christ's eternal life.
A French story from the 13th. century describes a mammoth fir tree lit with candles that could only be seen on Christmas Eve. The Christ child was at its apex. He had a golden halo about his head.
Lastly: Martin Luther while walking in the woods one Christmas was awed by the beauty of moonlight and stars glistening upon the fir trees. so struck by its beauty, he found that words could not recreate the scene. To communicate the wonder of it to his family, he cut down a small fir tree, brought it home, and decorated it with candles. This is the most popular
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legend of the Christmas Tree, and if it occurred, it happened in the 1500's. Alas, though many attempts have been made to substantiate it, no real proof exists.
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