The story of the Christmas tree and my first Christmas

Christmas is celebrated on December 25th and is both a holy religious holiday and a
worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon.
For two millennia it has been celebrated with traditions and practices by people all over the
world. Christians celebrate the Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of
Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.
For Jews it is a time to consider their relationships to the whole society.
Some Jews have chosen to adapt the Christmas celebrations. Others firmly reject the rituals
and symbols of Christmas. And others have looked for ways to merge Christmas and
Hanukkah. Traditionally, the Christmas tree is decorated with Christmas balls on these
holidays, people go to church, gifts are exchanged, festive meals are eaten with family and
friends and, of course, Santa Claus is waited for.

But how did Christmas actually begin for us and how did the Christmas tree come to be
decorated?

In Germany, people worshiped the pagan god Oden during the Winter Festival.
The Germans feared oden, believing that he flew through the sky at night to watch his
people and then decided who would prosper or perish.
Because of his presence, many people preferred to stay at home and not leave the house.
This offered an excellent opportunity to engage in indoor activities, such as decorating the
Christmas tree with Christmas balls. Christmas traditions are diverse around the world, but
share common characteristics that often include themes such as light, birth, and hope.
“My first Christmas” takes the opportunity to lively underline this festival with an exclusive
collection of Christmas balls for newborns. On each ball "My first Christmas" is written and
has been hand-painted with special motifs. So the whole family can always remember the
first Christmas of a newborn together. No symbol stands for Christmas more than the
twinkling lights, the green branches and the lovingly decorated Christmas tree. Puffing up
the branches with various Christmas baubles made of glass or with LED lighting helps to
make the Christmas tree look fuller and more natural.
It is a popular belief that Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant reformer, first put
burning candles on a tree. When he went to his house one winter evening to write a sermon,
he was struck by the brilliance of the stars that twinkled among the evergreens.
To recapture this scene for his family, he set up a tree in the main room and wired its
branches to lit candles. Christians brought the trees into their homes and traditionally
decorated them with roses, apples, wafers, tinsel and sweets. In the 18th century the
Christmas tree was popular all over Germany and lighting with wax candles was common in
wealthy cities. In the 19th century, the Christmas tree was an expression of German culture,
especially among emigrants overseas, and Christmas balls were used for the first time
abroad. Incidentally, the first Christmas tree ball was made in 1847. According to a story, the
colored glass for the Christmas balls was made by a glass blower from Lauscha because he
couldn't afford to decorate his Christmas tree with expensive nuts or apples.
Probably the most celebrated festival in the world, our modern Christmas, is a product of
hundreds of years of secular and religious traditions. Handmade Christmas balls and glass figures make every Christmas tree shine in the most
beautiful light.

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