A legend of the Christmas Tree

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treeThere are several suggestions about the origin of the tradition of bringing a tree into the house and decorating it. 

One legend comes down to us from the early days of Christianity in England. In those times, there was a holy man named Wilfred. One day, surrounded by a group of his converts, he struck down a huge oak tree. The oak had been an object of worship to the Druids. As the oak tree fell to the earth, it split into four pieces, and from its centre there grew a young fir tree.

Wilfred turned to his followers and said, "This little tree shall be your holy tree for Christmas. It is the sign of an endless life, for its leaves are evergreen, and its spire points toward the heavens. Let this be called the tree of the Christ Child. Bring it into your homes and gather around it a Christmas time.

And from that time to this, the fir tree has been the symbol of the holy season.  

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