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What, exactly, is Christian about a Christmas tree?

Aside from the fact that it is called a CHRISTmas tree?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:20 PM on Nov. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (32)
  • The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

    Answer by Jewelzgirl at 12:26 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • originally used by pagans, it was brought into the christian holiday to convert them easier. same with the wreath

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • nothing...

    Answer by sugahmamma at 12:25 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • the xmas tree is of pagan origin like the rest of the holiday.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:25 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Nothing it is a tree. Many Christians use it in their decoration & they put symbols on it that have meaning to their faith, that makes it a religious decoration for them. But of itself, it is not Christian & can be used without any connection to that faith.

    Answer by nysa00 at 12:27 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Nothing. It was taken from the Pagan holiday and used as a means to convert others to Christianity.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 12:29 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Not much, if anything. Isn't it lovely =)

    Answer by caitxrawks at 12:40 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • is tied more to the Pagan holiday of Yule. when some Pagans were converted to Christianity they continued to celebrate Yule & thus the tree was adapted. ive also heard that the Church adapted the tree to their celebration of Christ's birth to help convert Pagans.

    either way the Christmas tree is a secular symbol, just like Santa...

    Answer by okmanders at 12:40 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Originally,nothing... but symbols and such have meaning only because someone gave them meaning. And those meanings often are adopted by other cultures/beliefs and thus new meanings are created. (Just look at the swastika)


    Answer by saphire_eyes802 at 12:59 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • An evergreen tree is a natural object - it is neutral and has no inherent religous significance. People of different cultures have attached symbolic meaning to it - so it's the belief/understanding of the symbolism of the Christmas tree that makes it "Christian" - not the object itself.

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:09 PM on Nov. 10, 2009