The Traditions of Christmas
The Christmas Tree
The tradition of the Christmas tree probably started around 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. This tree was a symbol of spring to come. It gave hope to the people that the plants would grow again in the spring. Since some people back then couldn't afford to buy a christmas tree, they would build a pyramid out of wood and decorate it to resemble a christmas tree. Some of the early christmas trees were even hung upside down by their trunk, to look like a chandelier.
The Candy Cane
The Candy Cane was thought to be originated in Germany about 250 years ago. A Choirmaster wanted to occupy the children during the church service, so he came up with this festive candy. This candy cane was all white, but still tasted like mint. He curved the edge of the candy cane to look like a J, because the staffs that the Shepherds used when the visited baby Jesus on the 1st Christmas, was very similar in shape. This is why the candy is call the candy CANE.
A Breif History of Candy Canes
A Brief History of Candy Canes
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