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 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.[1] In 2022, the Christmas Tree in Gaza City YMCA was topped with a big red star.

References change

  1. Khalil, Adam. "Israel denies Gaza Christians permits to celebrate Christmas with families". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 19 December 2023.

Other websites change

  Media related to Christmas trees at Wikimedia Commons