The History of the Christmas Tree

By: Sara Kate

Where did the Christmas tree originate?

Well, I am glad you asked! The Christmas tree was originally a German tradition, but became popular in Britain. The first documented tree is thought to have been put up in the Strasbourg Cathedral in Germany, in 1539.

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German historian Alexander Demandt: “The meaning is Christian, the origins are ancient, and the form of the Christmas celebration is Germanic.”

Interesting Facts

 The Christmas tree became popularized in Britain. At first a figure of Baby Jesus was placed at the top of the tree but over time changed to an angel or star. Christmas trees used to be placed outside of people’s homes.

The Explanation of the traditions origin

Some people believe that the Christmas tree's origin goes back further to the 15th and the 16th centuries. The first documented tree that was put up was in 1539.