Christmas - The facts (5/10)
The Christmas TreeAccording to legend, in Germany in the eighth century, the Christian saint, Boniface, came upon a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. They were just about to sacrifice a baby to the tree when St Boniface snatched the axe about to be used to kill the baby and chopped down the tree instead.
When he picked up the child, he noticed a tiny fir tree growing between the roots of the oak tree. To him this symbolized new life coming from death, as with Christ's resurrection.
From then on, the tree became an important part of the Christmas celebrations in Germany.
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