Pagan origins

And there you have it. Simple.

Simply wrong, more like.

I know that some corners of pagan!tumblr aren’t very big on the whole ‘cultural background, history and research’ thing but that smug ass comment just takes the cake. So y’know what, let me count the ways in which you’re wrong!

1) The Christmas tree is an unarguably German tradition, exported to the rest of the world when German nobility started introducing it to their homes abroad (famously also to the British royal family). Yes there are plenty of other places where people put up decorated tree bits during Christmas, but the whole ‘take an entire damn conifer and put it into your home with decorations on it’ is a German thing. 

Now, even if we take all the other European pagan practices into account,  literally zero of them have used the pentagram for the five elements, because most of them didn’t *have* a concept of the five elements to begin with. That alone should already tell you how plague-kissed wrong you are. 

2) Early attestations for Christmas trees in northern Germany have them at times decorated with food for the children to eat at Christmas. We’re talking about like 15th century early here, and there’s not much earlier documentation for them. For an allegedly pagan tradition you’d think that we could trace it further. 

3) There’s a 100% Christmas tree based on mediveal ‘paradise plays’. See, the 24th of December used to be the name day of Adam and Eve (yes *those two*) and sometimes churches held ‘paradise plays’ in remembrance. Such plays would frequently feature trees, decorated with apples. Why trees? Well, the whole Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, naturally, and why a conifer? Because getting a deciduous tree, in Germany,  in the middle of winter, that still looks good is fucking hard. Meanwhile conifers stay pretty year round. You can tell how this church custom made it into private living rooms at one point by how until the 19th century, you could find Christmas trees in northern Germany, decorated with tiny wooden figures of Adam, Eve and the snake. Parallel to that, many early attestation of Christmas trees are actually about trees that stood in guild houses or town halls. Private use came way, way later. 

4) ‘for the spirits to eat’ yeah that’s clearly why all the documentation we have on it, going back to 1600 and change, is about how children were allowed to eat the goodies on the tree on Christmas eve

So, in summary: you’re wrong and you should stop being a smug little ass about it because it only makes you look ridiculous. 

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