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The Magic of Christmas

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 24 December 2014 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

While it is clear that the modern Christmas tree originated during the Renaissance of early modern Germany, there are a number of speculative theories as to its ultimate origin. Its 16th-century origins are sometimes associated with Protestant Christian reformer Martin Luther who is said to have first added lighted candles to an evergreen tree.

It is frequently traced to the symbolism of evergreen trees in pre-Christian winter rites, in particular through the story of Donar's Oak and the popularized story of Saint Boniface and the conversion of the German pagans, in which Saint Boniface cuts down an oak tree that the German pagans worshipped, and replaces it with an evergreen tree, telling them about how its triangular shape reminds humanity of the Trinity and how it points to heaven.

PENTAX K-5 1/25 second F/4.0 ISO 3200 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Beautiful colors on the tree.

24 Dec 2014 5:26am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellente compo

24 Dec 2014 6:40am

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Bon Noël à toi!

24 Dec 2014 7:02am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

very good*bravo*Merry Xmas*Eric

24 Dec 2014 8:05am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Merry Christmas to You and Your family Eric.:-)

24 Dec 2014 9:04am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaa! superbe ce sapin!! Je te souhaite un Joyeux Noël!!!

24 Dec 2014 9:24am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Merry Christmas, Eric

24 Dec 2014 11:01am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A spectacular sight - love the sparkling rainbow colours!

24 Dec 2014 11:45am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Eric!

24 Dec 2014 1:15pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

• ˚☆ 。 • ˚☆ ˚ ˛♪♫•MERRY CHRISTMAS*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•˚☆ ˚ •.¸¸♥ ¸¸
♫♪ ˚ •。* 。 • ˚☆ ˚JOYEUX NOËL★ ˛♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸。★ ★* 。 • ˚☆ ˚ ˛♪¸ ¸♥ ˚♫♪˚ •。★* 。 • ˚☆ FELIZ NAVIDAD ¸¸.• ★* *¨*•♫♪ ˚ ˛
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24 Dec 2014 2:24pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Magical mood - Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2014 3:32pm

Ellebasi from HOFSTADE, Belgium

superbe sapin, Joyeux Noel Eric

24 Dec 2014 4:34pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe.
♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * Joyeux •. ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * Noel •. ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪

24 Dec 2014 4:53pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * Bon •. ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * Nadal •. ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪

24 Dec 2014 6:05pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful colors & lighting!
L O V E L Y !!!!!!!!!!
...
Merry Christmas! :)

24 Dec 2014 8:59pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I haven't seen colored lights on a tree in many a moon ... very pretty.
♪♫•*¨*♪♫•*¨* We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

24 Dec 2014 11:07pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

belle recherche et joyeux noël

25 Dec 2014 8:07am

PENTAX K-5
1/25 second
F/4.0
ISO 3200
42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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