Before the rise of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning to the people during the season of winter. Nowadays people decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees but ancient used hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.
In Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and they say it as winter solstice. Ancient peoples believed that the sun was a god and the winter came each and every year and made the son god weak and ill. They celebrated the time at which the sun is furthest north or south of the equator because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. The evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun get’s stronger and summer would return.
Christmas tree Trivia
The Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the U S since about 1850.
In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament. This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
Christmas trees generally take 6-8 years to mature .Mostly they cut Christmas trees a weeks before they get to a retail outlet. They are grown about 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska and around 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry& 98 percent of trees are grown on farms.
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