History of the Christmas Tree

White House Christmas Tree

It is generally believed that the first Christmas tree was of German origin dating from the time of St. Boniface, an English missionary to Germany in the 8th century. He replaced the sacrifices to the Norse god Odin’s sacred oak — some say it was Thor‘s Thunder Oak — with a fir tree adorned in tribute to the Christ Child.

The legend is told that Boniface found a group of “pagans” preparing to sacrifice a boy…

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Bill Petro

Bill Petro

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