According to legend, Saint Boniface attempted to introduce the idea of trinity to the pagan tribes in Germany using the cone-shaped evergreen trees because of their triangular appearance. its said he used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. And from that time onwards people began to put xmas trees in their houses, they also began to add gifts in to it and also lights. From germany the traditon of christmas trees began to spread to UK and to rest of Europe. From there it spread to the whole world.
Whatever the legend be , Christmas tree is now an integral part of christmas celebration. When i was a kid, me, my brother, and sister used to decorate our xmas tree with the help from dad. Actually our xmas tree was a permanent one, it was a Coco tree covered with a creeper variety of jasmine which stood just in front of our house. .So at the time of xmas we decorated it with whatever we can. And that realy looked beautiful at night.
Below is a nice Christams tale ..i dont know whos the Author .. but it defintely tells us to keep the real spirit of xmas , which i believe we are loosing...
The Last Christmas Tree
I saw a truck of Christmas trees and each one had a tale,
The driver stood them in a row and put them up for sale.
He strung some twinkly lights, and hung a sign up with a nail;
"FRESH CHRISTMAS TREES" It said in red "FRESH CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE."
He poured himself hot cocoa in a steaming thermos cup,
And snowflakes started falling as a family car pulled up.
A mom, a dad, and one small boy who looked no more than three
Jumped out and started searching for the perfect Christmas tree.
The boy marched up and down the rows, His nose high in the air;
"It smells like Christmas, mom! "It smells like Christmas everywhere!"
"Let's get the biggest tree we can! "A tree that's ten miles high!
"A tree to go right through our roof! "A tree to touch the sky!"
"A tree SO big " That Santa Claus "Will stop and stare and say,
"'Now, THAT'S the finest Christmas tree "'I've seen this Christmas Day!'"
It seemed they looked at every tree at least three million times;
Dad shook them, pinched them, turned them 'round to find the perfect pine.
"I've found it, mom! "The Christmas tree I like the best of all!
"It's got a little bare spot, "But we'll turn that to the wall!"
"We'll put great-grandma's angel "On top the highest bough! "Oh, can we buy it?
"Please, mom, PLEASE?! "Oh, can we buy it NOW?"
"How 'bout some nice hot cocoa?" asked the man who owned the lot.
He twisted off the thermos top, "Now, THIS will hit the spot!"
He poured the steaming chocolate In three tiny paper cups.
They toasted,"Here's to Christmas!" And they drank the cocoa up.
"Is this your choice?" The tree man asked, "This pine's the best one here!"
The boy seemed sad--- "My daddy says" The price is just too dear."
"Then, Merry Christmas!" said the man, who wrapped the tree in twine,
"It's yours for just one promise "You must keep at Christmas time!"
"On Christmas Eve at bedtime "As you fold your hands to pray,
"Promise in your heart "To keep the joy of Christmas Day!"
"Now hurry home! This freezy wind"Is turning your cheeks pink!
"And ask your dad "To trim that trunk and give that tree a drink!"
And so it went on all that blustery eve
As the tree man gave tree upon tree upon tree
To every last person who came to the lot---
Who toasted with cocoa in small paper cups,
Who promised the promise of joy in their hearts---
And singing out carols, drove off in the dark.
And when it was over one tree stood alone;
But no one was left there to give it a home.
The tree man put on his red parka and hood
And dragged the last christmas tree out to the woods.
He left the pine right by a stream in the cold,
So the wood's homeless creatures could make it their home.
He smiled as he brushed off some snow from his beard,
When out of the thicket a reindeer appeared.
He scratched that huge reindeer on top his huge head---
"It looks like we've started up Christmas again!"
"There are miles more to travel, and much more to do!
"Let's go home, my friend, "and get started anew!"
He looked to the sky and heard jingle bells sound---
And then, In a twinkling, that tree man was gone!