Glorious Fir Tree Lighted at Christmas
"The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious." Isaiah 60:13
Christmas trees seem to have their origins in the ancient celebrations of Saturnalia. The Romans decorated their temples with greenery and candles. Roman soldiers conquering the British Isles found Druids who worshiped mistletoe and Saxons who used holly and ivy in religious ceremonies. All those things found their way into Christmas customs.
Possibly, in appx 1520 AD, the first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been German Christian preacher, Martin Luther. Reportedly, one night before Christmas, Martin was walking through the forest looking up at the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. He cited Isaiah 60:13 as biblical authority for the practice.
Wonderful joyful tradition, thank you, brother Luther!
Salvation? Luke 13:3; Titus 2:13, Revelation 19:11
The Bible at the click of a button: when you’re:
Terrific Free Bible App for Cell Phone here
Read the Bible
17 U.S. Code § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use