History of the Christmas Tree

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White House Christmas Tree

Middle Ages

A legend began to circulate in the early Middle Ages that when Jesus was born in the dead of winter, all the trees throughout the world shook off their ice and snow to produced new shoots of green. The medieval Church would decorate outdoor fir trees, known as “paradise trees,” with apples on Christmas Eve. They called it “Adam and Eve Day” and celebrated with a play.

Renaissance

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Riga, Latvia

Germany

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Luther Christmas Tree

England

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Windsor Christmas Tree

Popularization

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Victoria & Albert Christmas Tree

America

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Christmas tree next to the portrait of George Washington, East Room, White House. 2019

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