I remember hearing a Christmas story that really warmed my heart. I can’t remember
where I heard it (read it) or from what country it originated from but this story really warmed my heart……
the story of the first Christmas trees.
people of a village wanted to help those in need during the winter solstice.
knowing where the people lived that they wanted to help, they began leaving “gifts” on the trees of an evergreen
forest nearby. Those in need could come and take what they needed, without having to ask for a “handout”.
the villagers left “gifts” of hats and mittens hung on a pine trees branches, then they began to leave little
“gifts” of meat and fruit. They tied the meat up in balls of cloth and wrapped fruit and nuts with string and
hung them from the pine trees branches. These were the first ornaments.
also left candles tied to the branches so those who wanted to could find the “gifts”. These were the first Christmas
the whole village took to leaving these “gifts” and whole trees would be decorated with these “lights”
and “ornaments”. As the tree filled up and there was no longer room on the branches for anymore, the villagers
wrapped packages of food and clothing and placed them under the tree. These were the first “Christmas presents”.
did not count on one problem. That was the animals the lived in the forest. The villagers thought long and hard on “How
to keep the animals from eating the gifts” they left. They decided to string popcorn and berries on the trees for the
birds and animals. These were the first “Tree garlands”.
went by this tradition evolved into our modern tradition of the Christmas tree, and gift giving.