A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually evergreen conifers, such as fir, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas, originating in northern Europe. The custom was developed in Livonia medieval (current Estonia and Latvia), and at the beginning of modern Germany, where Protestant Germans brought decorated trees in their homes. It gained popularity beyond the Lutheran areas of Germany and the Baltic states during the second half of the NINETEENTH century, at the beginning of the upper classes.
The tree was traditionally decorated with “roses made of colored paper, apples, biscuits, Tinsel, [and] candies.” In the EIGHTEENTH century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were finally replaced by the Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments such as garlands, baubles, tinsel and candy canes. An angel or a star can be placed at the top of the tree to represent the angel Gabriel or the star of Bethlehem, respectively, of the Nativity. Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate and other sweets are also popular and are linked or hung from tree branches with ribbons.
In the Western Christian tradition, the Christmas trees are erected several days as the first day of Advent or even as late as Christmas Eve, depending on the country; The customs of the same faith argued that the two traditional days, when Christmas decorations, like the Christmas tree, are removed are Kings night and, if not demolished that day, La Candelaria, the last of which ends the season of Christmas-Epifany in some denominations.
The Christmas tree is sometimes compared with the “Yule-Tree “, especially in the discussions of its folkloric origins