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29th nov 2016
HOW DID THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE START?
by J.S. VON DACRE
When you think about Christmas, one of the first images conjured in your mind is that of the evergreen fir tree. It has been synonymous with winter celebrations for centuries amongst the Pagans, Christians, and Romans.
It is believed the tradition made its way to Europe almost 1,000 years ago, although no one is completely sure. We do, know that on record, one of the first Christmas trees was in Riga Town Square, Latvia in 1510. There is, however, a hot dispute with the town Tallinn in Estonia, that claims to have had the first Christmas tree in 1441. Both trees were said to be placed there by the 'Brotherhood of Blackheads' (and yes, that is what they really called themselves). There is little documentation of either, but what we do know is that the Brotherhood danced around the respective trees in the square before setting them on fire.
Martin Luther, a 16th century German monk, is believed to be the first person to bring a tree into the house and decorate it with candles. Legend has it that he saw shining stars through the trees in the forest, which he considered to be a sign from God. It is no surprise that following this story, Germany holds the title for having the biggest trees in the world. Each year, the sleepy town of Dortmund plays host to a tree that weighs 40,000 kg and is decorated with 48,000 lights.
Irrespective of how it first started, there is no doubt that the Christmas tree holds its place firmly in all our hearts as the perfect symbol for the festive season. And don't forget, if you are still thinking about that special present to put under your own tree, be sure to check out Merola’s online shop for some great buys right here.