Mary Gericca M. Dol
Tis the season to be jolly and forget all about our worries because that time of the year has come when we celebrate a season full of love and giving. Yes, it’s Christmas, one of the most anticipated events of the year for people young and old. We know that Christmas is just around the corner when the wind that blows becomes chilly, when Christmas songs start playing on the radio, when you hear children outside your front door singing good old Christmas carols, and, lastly, you know that Christmas is really near when you look outside your window and see the beautiful Christmas lights and decors that people put up in and out of their houses. People put up lots of decors for the sake of feeling the spirit of Christmas. These decors differ from house to house—some are plain and simple, while some are dazzling and extravagant. But what’s common among all these is that each home has a wonderful Christmas tree to put gifts under. It has certainly become one of the Christmas traditions that couldn’t possibly be ignored by people rich or poor. So, how did Christmas trees start to become a vital part in celebrating the yuletide season? There are different versions of the origin of the Christmas Tree, but despite that, many believe that it evolved from a Pagan tradition, even before Christ was born. In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become weak. Marking the They celebrated the solstice because it meant that the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return. Not having evergreen trees, the ancient Egyptians considered the palm tree to symbolize resurrection. When the winter solstice arrived, they brought green date palm...
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