11/22/2022 (Tue) 11:55
The article does look back but it seems there just isn't much to look back at.>Sources have offered a connection between the first documented Christmas trees in Alsace around 1600 and pre-Christian traditions. For example, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmas time.">During the Roman mid-winter festival of Saturnalia, houses were decorated with wreaths of evergreen plants, along with other antecedent customs now associated with Christmas.>Contemporary celebration of the Christmas tree is frequently traced to the symbolism of trees in pre-Christian winter rites, wherein Viking and Saxon worshiped trees. The story of Saint Boniface cutting down Donar's Oak illustrates the pagan practices in 8th century among the Germans. A later folk version of the story adds the detail that an evergreen tree grew in place of the felled oak, telling them about how its triangular shape reminds humanity of the Trinity and how it points to heaven.
We can see here that greenery as a symbolic decoration is cross cultural. The Scandinavian part is possible but again I don't see it being that likely.
Donar's Oak is an Oak and really the only thing it has in common with a Christmas tree is that they are both trees.
I think it's just that people like putting greenery in their house to liven it up in winter.
I think different kinds of women are attracted to different things, but generally women are more attracted to things that infer status in the upbringing they are from. Women that grow up among gruff men might be attracted to that, but generally most women don't seem to. In fact it seems to be men that are more attracted to gruff men than women.