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This Christmas bring new life into the darkness of winter…


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“The idea of bringing the evergreen into the house represents fertility and new life in the darkness of winter, which was much more of the pagan themes”, Dr. Dominique Wilson said, from the University of Sydney.

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There are several theories and legends who tell how the evergreen fir tree became a symbol of Christianity. It is said that evergreen trees and plants have been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years, long before the emergence of Christianity.

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"The common story said that Saint Boniface came across some native Germans performing some sacrifices in front of a mighty oak tree — oak trees being sacred to the god Thor. Boniface cut the tree and pagans were waiting for a miracle would be happened to punish the Boniface.

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But it didn’t happen, while they are following a false idol. A fir tree grew out of the fallen oak. “That became a symbol of Christ — being triangular in shape it represents the Trinity — and from there came the idea that the tree should be a symbol of Christ and new life,” Dr. Wilson said.

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Evergreen trees and plants have been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years, long before the advent of Christianity. Usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas.

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Modern Christmas trees emerged in western Germany during the 16th century as Christians brought trees into their homes and decorated them with gingerbread, nuts, and apples. The tree was traditionally decorated with “roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel, and sweetmeats”.

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The apples and round ornaments are supposed to represent the fruit of knowledge of good and evil from the first book of the Bible, Genesis. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification.

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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 is sometimes compared with the “Yule-tree”, especially in discussions of its folkloric origins.

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With these stories, many more yet to lighten or focused. Araucaria, Cypress, Juniper, and Thuja etc. plant family plants can be considered as Christmas plants as they share some characters regarding the shape of foliage.

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