Well, I did a bit of research and for all hullabaloo surrounding the un-Christian-ness of the humble fir tree it appears that there are grounds to the idea that there is a very Christmasy meaning to it. Well, it seems to cut both ways. The Christians don’t want it because it is pagan and worldly, and the White House doesn’t want it because it is to Christ-y.
You can’t help feeling a bit sorry for the ol’ tree.
This is what I found.
Back in the Middle Ages (Robin Hood era) people began decorating trees as a part of a play depicting Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This is why we often see apples on Christmas trees because this was the forbidden fruit that they ate… hmmm… anyway…
The play ended with a prophecy that there would be a saviour that would make new what had been destroyed or lost because of sin. Perhaps the Christmas tree is in fact Christ’s mass (mission) tree after all.
Did somebody say gospel?
Granted, the Christmas tree did have a pagan look to it when the Eastern Europeans decided to set the village Christmas tree on fire and dance around it. Ok, so it’s getting a bit dodgy here, but this is only as perverted as what we have done to it by making it a present umbrella.
Who would have thought? All around the world the grand story of the Bible: creation, fall, redemption and re-creation is being shown.
If only they knew.