Spirituality for Today – December 2011 – Volume 16, Issue 5

A photo of a Christmas Tree

History of the Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree originated in Germany in the sixteenth century. It was common for the German people to decorate fir trees, both inside and out, with roses, apples and colored paper.

It is believed that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer; was the first to light a Christmas tree with candles. While coming home on dark winter's night near Christmas, Luther was struck with the beauty of the starlight shining through the branches of a small fir tree outside his home. He duplicated the starlight by using candles attached to the branches of his indoor Christmas tree.