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TODAY’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN STORY: THE CHRISTMAS TREE
One evening, near Christmas, the great church reformer, Martin Luther was walking home through a small wood.
Glancing to the sky, he saw the light of many stars shining through the branches of a fir tree.
The beautiful starlight filled his heart with peace. The glory of the starlight in the trees shone in his eyes, and he could think of nothing else.
He rushed home for a hatchet, came back, and cut down the little fir tree.
He took it home and set candles among the branches. Then he lit the candles, to remind him and his family of the stars among the branches of the trees.
And that, according to the legend, was the first Christmas tree!
Germans brought Christmas trees to America, though they were a bit slow to catch on.
But after an 1846 edition of The Illustrated London News published a sketched illustration of Queen Victoria and her family standing around a Christmas tree, the idea gained new popularity, not only in England, but in America as well.
The kinds of decorations used (homemade ornaments, fruits and cookies, popcorn, stars, angels, and, later, electric lights) changed over time.
Eventually, Christmas trees began to appear in homes across the nation, and even in town squares.
The tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree at the White House began in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge.
Christmas trees are reminders of the lampstand in the tabernacle (Ex. 25:31–39), which was made in the form of a symbolic almond tree, and the flowers of which were lamps,
Thus, it was a lighted tree, like a Christmas tree.
As the lamps symbolically watched over the tribes of Israel, so our own Christmas trees can remind us that the Light of the World is faithfully watching over His people today.
So, let your Christmas tree be a reminder of great joy and peace this year. Remember the hope of Christmas and hold tight to it when all seems dark.
Did you know you can create the lovely scent of a fresh-cut Christmas tree by blending together a few Essential Oils? Try this diffuser recipe today:
CHRISTMAS TREE DIFFUSER BLEND RECIPE
- 2 drops DOUGLAS FIR Essential Oil
- 1 drop CEDARWOOD Essential Oil
- 1 drop JUNIPER BERRY Essential Oil