Christmas tree

tree, often decorated, used in the celebration of Christmas

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.

A Christmas tree in a Danish home.

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


There Is an annual Christmas tree lighting party in the courtyard of the YMCA in Gaza City (Arabic: جمعية الشبان المسيحية غزة) in the Gaza Strip.[1][2][3]


  1. Khalil, Adam. "Israel denies Gaza Christians permits to celebrate Christmas with families". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 19 December 2023.
  2. "Gaza begins Christmas celebrations". The New Arab. 13 December 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  3. "Gaza's Christians light Christmas tree - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East". 22 December 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2024.

Other websites


  Media related to Christmas trees at Wikimedia Commons