History of the Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree, also known as a Yule tree, is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia in 1510 and in Germany in the 16th century. The Christmas tree is traditionally brought into the home and decorated with Christmas lights. Originally candles were used. The first Christmas trees were decorated with paper roses, apples and candies. An angel or star was placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. It is believed the first Christmas trees introduced to the United States came from German settlers in Pennsylvania as early as 1747.