A Christmas tree is a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. It is usually an evergreen coniferous tree that is cut and brought into the home. In Europe, the tree is traditionally a Norway spruce tree.
The tree is decorated with Christmas lights and colourful ornaments during the days around Christmas. An angel or a star is often placed at the top of the tree. Fir trees outside the home may be decorated in a similar fashion. The custom of the Christmas tree has its origin among the Protestant peoples of Northern Europe. It is not a religious symbol.
In minority communities change
Until the 2023 there was an annual Christmas tree in the courtyard of the YMCA in Gaza City (Arabic: جمعية الشبان المسيحية غزة) in the Gaza Strip. In 2022, the Christmas Tree in Gaza City YMCA was topped with a big red star.
- Khalil, Adam. "Israel denies Gaza Christians permits to celebrate Christmas with families". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 19 December 2023.
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