06 December 2008

† Christmas & Christmas Tree †

During every popular festival, surely there are some things that excite us to make the festival fun and memorable. For example, Chinese Moon Cake Festival is associated with eating moon cake, tea drinking and playing around with lantern. During Halloween it is the pumpkin and costume parties that make the whole festival unique. Japanese Matsuri is associated with Kimono, Hanabi (fireworks), food stalls and local games while Scottish Highland Game Festival is associated with kilts, highland dance, bag pipes and local games.

As for Christmas season, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, church service, Christmas tree, all kinds of gifts, Christmas pudding and turkeys are the main theme for Christmas festive


Celebrating Christmas without a richly decorated Christmas Tree doesn't seem right today. Christmas tree has become a symbol of the festival. Whenever we see a Christmas tree anywhere, we are reminded of Christmas. That is the beauty of the Christmas tree. But why do we have a Christmas Tree, and how did it originate? So here's some question that people often ask regarding Christmas & Christmas tree.


How does a tree is related to Christmas?
Back in the 7th century a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, traveled to Germany to spread the Word of God. Legend mentioned that he used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to the German people. The German people started to revere the Fir Tree as "God's Tree". In the next 5 centuries, the tree became a symbol of Christianity.


Why do we need decorate the Christmas tree?
In the earlier days, Christmas trees were more biblically symbolized as the "Paradise Tree in the Garden of Eden" and it was decorated with candles, flowers and fruits. The modern Christmas trees are richly decorated with all kinds of Christmas items and lights.


Why green and red are related to Christmas?
Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus spilt to redeem us from our sins.
Green is the color of life.


"X" in Xmas? How come?
In Greek, X is the first letter of Christ's name, so the letter X was frequently used as a holy symbol and an abbreviation of Christ. Substitute "X" for "Christ" in Christmas, and you get Xmas.

How did Santa gets so fat?
Errr... Good question... I need to find out too.


"The earth has grown old with its burden of care...
But at Christmas it always is young...
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair...
And its soul full of music breaks the air...
When the song of angels is sung..."

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