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  • In Defense Of The Christmas Tree

    12/24/2010 11:38:21 AM PST · by ezfindit · 36 replies · 2+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 12/24/2010 | Fr. Daniel Daly
    Our Christmas tree is derived, not from the pagan yule tree, but from the paradise tree adorned with apples on December 24 in honor of Adam and Eve. The Christmas tree is completely biblical in origin. The use of evergreens at Christmas may date from St. Boniface of the eighth century, who dedicated the fir tree to the Holy Child in order to replace the sacred oak tree of Odin; but the Christmas tree as we know it today does not appear to be so ancient a custom. It appears first in the Christian Mystery play commemorating the biblical story...