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Many legends surround the beginnings of Christmas tree decorations. One of the most popular such legends proposes that it began with St Boniface,in Germany around the 1st century. St. Boniface happened upon a pagan ritual involving an oak tree, and, enraged, cut it down. A miracle occurred when out of the roots rose a young fir tree. St. Boniface then believed the tree to be a gift from God and as such deserving of adoration. Another, purports Martin Luther as the father of the Christmas tree. And still others credit the Egyptians with this well loved tradition. Regardless of origin though, it is clear that the custom has changed and evolved throughout the centuries to become the family affair we look forward to today.

Origins of Christmas Tree Decorations
New York City

Learn how the tradition of Christmas tree decorations got started.

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