It was majestic in beauty with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters. The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it, nor could the plane trees compare with its branches, no tree in the garden of God could match its beauty. I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God. Ezek 31:7-9
I sit admiring the beauty of our family Christmas tree and begin to wonder how all this came to be. I searched the bible and found no trace of the word “Christmas Tree”, but cedars are mentioned many, many times. The cedars are of great importance throughout the bible. In my search of Christmas trees I found that it dates back to the Romans which actually predates Christianity by many centuries. The Romans decorated the trees with pieces of metal. The trees were used to celebrate the god of agriculture, “saturnalia”. The evidence claims that Christians took over the December 25th holiday from the pagans. The middle ages show that the evergreen was decorated with apples and called the paradise tree. It was a symbol of the feast of Adam and Eve, which was held on December 24th. The 1500’s is where the modern Christmas tree began to appear as they were sold in markets and put into homes and decorated with apples and flowers. They were referred to as “spiritual cedars”, meaning Christ Jesus. The shape was also of significance as being a triangle, meaning the sign of the Trinity. Throughout the ages we have begun to adapt this tradition to be unique to our families, yet the same in what it represents to Christianity. No matter where or how the Christmas tree began, and came to be our present day tradition, it was revered as the ultimate beauty in the garden of God. As we celebrate this season of Christ keep that in mind.