ONE LEGEND BEHIND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
It’s not Christmas without a tree. But it wasn’t always that way. Early European pagans would use evergreen branches to brighten up their homes during dreary winter months. The tradition of having a tree in the home is somewhat new. Germany developed the Christmas tree tradition during the 16th century. It’s said that a German theologian and religious reformer walking home on a winter night was inspired by the beauty of stars twinkling through evergreen tree branches. He recreated the optimism he felt by erecting a tree with candles in his family’s living room. Though it took a while for Christian Americans to forget about how the tradition began with non-Christian pagans, the Christmas tree trend finally became widely accepted in this country by the early 20th century.
Wishing you a warm, flower-brightened Christmas Day with family and friends… …and the promise of good things to come in 2021.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here’s to a happy and bountiful new year in the garden. May you have plenty of beckoning flowers and glowing foliage, enough rainwater to quench the garden’s thirst, sunny days to lift your spirit and a special spot to sit and enjoy this beautiful world.
John Brodey We all read the obituaries for a variety of reasons. For me, it is a somewhat strange way to get to know someone