The origin of the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree is an essential symbol of the holiday season. Some prefer it natural, with its sweet smell and its drooping needles. Others choose an artificial tree, less messy and safer. No matter what we choose, the Christmas tree is a tradition to which we cannot deviate from! But where does this tradition come from?
Like many elements of Christmas, the tree has its origin in the celebration of the pagan rites that preceded Christianity. Winter, with its short days and dying tree leaves, represented death. It was therefore necessary to honor a tree to celebrate the renewal and lengthening of the days through the winter solstice, towards the end of December.
On the 11th century, Germany finally brings the Christmas tree tradition in Europe. Indeed, with its resistant needles and its presence, it becomes a symbol of immortality. Decorated with ribbons, pine cones and presents at its foot.
During the 4th edition of the Montreal’s Christmas Village, in December 2019, the public will have the opportunity to buy their Christmas tree on site thanks to a collaboration with Christian Maroy, prestigious Atwater Market vendor.