Christmas Tree

Posted by Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 23 December 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas.

The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum or "Tannenbaum") with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.

The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the archangel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.

The Christmas tree has also been known as the "Yule-tree", especially in discussions of its folkloric origins.

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Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful tree and lovely lights...lovely decorations...

23 Dec 2015 3:28pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

23 Dec 2015 6:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lovely!

23 Dec 2015 9:58pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très beau et joyeux Noël Éric à toi et toute ta famille. )

24 Dec 2015 6:32am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

beau

24 Dec 2015 9:22am

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