One sure sign of Christmas in many parts of the world today is the appearance of decorated Christmas trees, in homes and in shopping malls. It didn’t use to be this way.
Here are seven facts about the Christmas tree and how it became a popular addition to Christmas:
1. The evergreen tree in homes was actually a pagan belief. People worshipped the spirits in trees and the branches that are brought into homes symbolises life, to welcome spring in the dead of winter.
2. The first group of people who adopted bringing decorated trees into homes (as we know it today) are the Christians in 16th century Germany (the region, the country as we know it has not existed yet).
3. The first artificial Christmas trees were created in Germany in the 19th century. The trees were made of goose feathers dyed green, with sizes ranging from 2-inch to 98-inch tall.4. Traditionally, Christmas trees were decorated with edible items such as apples, nuts, wafers and other food. These were slowly replaced by ornaments.
5. Presents used to be hung on the trees as well. As presents grew too big, they ended up being placed under the tree instead.
6. Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert was said to have brought the German tradition of having a decorated Christmas tree to her household. In the 1840s, an engraving of the royal family celebrating under such a tree was published and middle-class families starting adopting the tradition.
7. The same engraving was published in the United States though the Queen’s crown and Prince’s moustache were removed to create the impression of an American family. This modified picture popularised the Christmas tree in the US.
The signs of Christmas have made their mark in Resorts World Sentosa this December as well. Come on down and find them all around.