History of the Christmas Tree

By: Taylor Lang

Who started it....

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce.

Some pictures of Christmas Trees

Christmas trees ae so pretty and they make your room feel very warm and loving with your family.

History of the Christmas Tree

Some facts:

  • Long before the advent of Christmas, if plants or trees stayed green all year it meant something for some people in the winter.

  • Just as people today hang decorations such as pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows.

  • German and Canadian settlers migrated to Canada from the United States in the 1700s. They brought with them many of the things associated with Christmas we cherish today---Advent Calendars, gingerbread houses, cookies---and Christmas trees.

  • When Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert, put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1848, the Christmas tree became a tradition throughout England, the United States, and Canada.

  • There was festivals and other things that celebrated Christmas trees around that time.