The significance of the Christmas tree, should it be considered a religious symbol?

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Christmas trees are a decoration that Christians incorporated in to their celebration of the holiday over the centuries.The Christmas tree is an ancient custom that exalts the value of life, because the evergreen tree remains unchanged through the harshness of winter. When gifts are arranged under the tree, it is because a symbol of “the tree of life, a figure of Christ, Gods greatest gift to all men.”Generally the tree is not decorated until late Christmas Eve as Advent is still a season of penance.

Some non -Christians claim that Christmas trees are a religious symbol of Christmas; this  depends on how religious symbol is defined. If it means anything to which religious significance can be attached, then yes, because many Christians have attached religious significance to Christmas tree (e.g., the Tree of Life, both in Eden and on Calvary) .But if a religious symbol of a holiday is considered a tangible object intrinsically attached to that holiday, and without it which the holiday wouldn’t hold be the same, then no, because the celebration of Christmas does not require Christmas trees. The decorating of the evergreen tree at Christmas   can be traced back to an old German custom; they did not become widespread in the English-speaking world until German relatives of the British royal family brought the custom to Great Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. Christians justified the custom on religious grounds by explaining that the evergreen tree can symbolizes eternity and fidelity. Even today in many traditionally catholic countries, far much emphasis is placed on the much older Christian custom of erecting Nativity scenes, a tradition attributed to St, Francis of     Assisi.(1181-1226). In short, although, although Christmas trees are a beloved custom in much of the English- speaking world, they are not necessary to the celebration of the holiday and are not nearly as symbolic of the holiday as the Crèche.

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