The Christmas, and when you think about this time, it is difficult not to come to mind a Christmas tree, one of the most easily recognizable objects of this stage. It is common for the Christmas tree in Argentina to be assembled every December 8, but few people will know where this practice originated, and why is it so widespread in our country.
By the time the first Christians came to Europe, they discovered that the inhabitants had a celebration in which adorned a tree to celebrate the birth of Frey, god of the Sun and fertility. The story goes that Saint Boniface, who was the evangelizer from GermanyHe cut down a tree and in its place put a pine tree that symbolized the love of God. This tree was decorated with apples and candles, the former symbolized the original sin and the temptations, while the latter represented the light of christ.
With the passage of time the tradition of put gifts for the children under the tree, which were sent by Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus, or Santa Claus In our country.
The first Christmas tree
Probably the first Christmas tree arose in Germany, where it was used by first time in 1605 for fight the cold of the Christmas season. This tradition began in England from 1829.
This tradition came to our country more than 200 years ago, since the first tree dates from 1807 and went built by an Irishman in a public square. This tree came to Latin America from the United States.
Currently the use of artificial trees, of plastic. I know decorate with ornaments such as colored glass balls, lights, stars, bells, ties, tinsel, garlands or other decorations reminiscent of apples and objects that were used in the beginning.
The tree of Christmas has a direct relationship with religion, since it leads to thinking directly about the paradise tree, where Adam and Eve ate, where original sin was born for believers. In the same way, too represents the Tree of Life, for its characteristic perennial style.
Tradition of December 8
This tradition of assembling the tree on December 8 was born in 1854, when Pope Pius IX declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, where Mary was exempted from all kinds of guilt or sin due to the conception of Jesus.
From that moment the day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is celebrated, which represents the day that San Joaquin and Santa Ana conceived the Virgin Mary.
This tradition so common in our country of assembling the Christmas tree on the same day that the Immaculate Conception was born in Italy, and spread to countries like Argentina, which have a large number of immigrants from that country. While from our country it spread to the rest of South America.