Martin Luther Christmas Tree
Christmas trees have successfully come through myriad contortions. Since their inception within the Christmas arc some 14 centuries ago, they have time and again found some kind of a churning within their manufacturing engine. It has been Prince Albert at times or Martin Luther at other times. It might have been tree farming or the will and the desire to bring in artificial supplements, it might also have been the tendency to go for various technological succors in the past few decades. However it may have been, Christmas trees have been beautifully dissected in their essence.
Martin Luther brought a protestant value to the catholic scene of nativity when he suggested that the fir tree as being envisaged by St. Boniface centuries ago was actually the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. Such a pre-historic liberty could well have been necessary in his time. In fact it was Martin Luther who commenced the concept of garlanding and decorating trees. Today, fir trees are wreathed, garlanded, tinseled, and also upped by a star or an angel (depending upon the geographical premise), but the most primitive idea of lighting and decorating a Christmas tree has to be given to Martin Luther. One day, while traveling in snow clad woods, his eye fell on the overawing charm of a few evergreen trees. The branches of these trees were dusted with snow. On returning home, he used a fir tree and embellished with candles. He decorated it indoors.
This brings us to another highlight of the growth of Christmas trees. The first indoor Christmas trees were ideated by Prince Albert. He was a charming prince who had enamored Queen Victoria. The queen, then a princess, married Prince Albert. Prince Albert was a rage with the masses. He had established the shift of place for the Christmas trees citing that such trees could be embellished better and the effect of color and lights could be read more easily inside the inner tracts of a household.
The Christmas customs have mostly been a product of German way of thinking. In fact, Geismar in Germany was the place where these trees had got their origin. It was the land of St. Boniface who had uprooted a Thor tree to counter the might of Norse gods. To his great delight, he had found that a fir tree had begun to take root in place of the oak tree that had been uprooted. This led him to believe that God worked in many ways and that it was Christ's way of sending his representative to earth. Since then, no Christmas has been complete without a Christmas tree. Today, Christmas trees are undergoing a radical shift in terms of materials used. Fiber optic is among the new fads.
While embellishing a Christmas tree with lights, the idea is to start decorating from the base of the tree and then branch out towards the outer peripheries. This way, the lights are decorated in a compacter way. It is customary to put a star or angel at the top but overall, the ornaments shall be spread around the tree in areas of various depths.