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Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas tree is also known as a Yule tree. Generally it is an evergreen tree, generally a type of Fir Tree, which is used and is adorned with bright lights and richly colored ornaments.
Christmas tree, known as a fir tree hung with apples in the 16th century, was used to symbolize the Garden of Eden -- the Paradise Tree. The play ended with the prophecy of a saviour coming, and so was often performed during the Advent season.

Most of people put up a tree during Christmas. The putting up and down of a Christmas tree is made on fixed dates in past time and still at many places today. The putting up evergreen trees, along with the burning of a Yule log, originated during "pagan" times.

This practice was related to the Winter Solstice which is on, or about, the 21st of December. The Christmas tree decorating practice was later on made into a Christian practice after the Church decided to set December 25th as the birth of Jesus in order to displace the old pagan celebration of the solstice. Christmas trees were not decorated or brought in till Christmas Eve left up for only twelve nights in older tradition. It was considered it will bring bad luck whoever will put up Christmas trees up before or after these days. But the commercialization of Christmas has resulted in that Christmas trees being put very earlier, 1st or 2nd week of October.

Christmas trees should be kept up until 2nd of February, which is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple according to a tradition. This is the time when it is considered Christmas to be at end. Now Christmas tree is decorated with many natural and artificial ornaments. These days, artificial Christmas trees are available in the markets worldwide for Christmas celebration.