Why the Christmas tree is set on December 8

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From the Nordic culture and from Christianity, What are the legends that circulate and explain the reason for the agreed date for the Christmas pine.

It arrives on December 8 and, without thinking, is automatically related to the armed Christmas tree, which awaits in a lost drawer of the house. It is one of the magical moments that is enjoyed as a family, between parents and children, but it is not usually noticed in the reason of the date agreed at the social level. Why December 8 and not any other day?

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Why the Christmas tree is set on December 8

It has been more than 200 years since the Christmas tradition was established in Argentina. The first tree dates from 1807, built by an Irishman in a public square. He had arrived in Latin America from the United States and decorated the pine according to the custom rooted in his country of origin.

Several legends circulate that try to explain the reason for the agreed date. It varies according to each culture. For example, the Celts identify the date with the birth of Frey, god of the sun and fertility, object of worship of the Celts every December 8 of each year.

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With the arrival of Christianity, the legend was readapted.

The tradition was adjusted to the birth of Christ. The original tree emerged as a representation of God’s love and eternal life. His form was due to the Holy Trinity and the decoration that is seen today, with ornaments and small colored balls, symbolizes the apples of paradise that Adam and Eve inhabited before committing original sin. For its part, the lights also have their ancestral relationship. They represent candles, the light of Christ, the bond of union between families and people.

Why the Christmas tree is set on December 8

However, there are three other theories that circulate regularly. Another linked to Christianity says that Martin Luther, one of the fathers of the reform, was the architect of the establishment of the Christmas tree as a tradition. Around 1500 he sought to reproduce a scene in his daily life. He walked in a forest and was amazed by how the brightness of the stars shone in the trees. To such a point was his fascination that he cut one of the branches and treasured it in his house.

On December 8, 1854, Pius IX warned that, at the moment of birth, Mary, the mother of God, was preserved from original sin. For this reason, the date was proclaimed as the Day of the Immaculate Conception Virgin, also the day of the Christmas tree.

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Why the Christmas tree is set on December 8

There is also a mundane history that is often heard. A legend tells that a lost child was received by a couple of elderly lumberjacks. The child did not find it better to thank the gesture than to cut a branch of a pine to be planted. From that tree grew gold apples and silver nuts.

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