Christmas Tree : Phrases
An ancient custom of putting up a Christmas Tree to celebrate the Christmas season.
Family and friends gather around the Christmas tree to celebrate the festive holiday season and watch their children gleafully open their presents.
German settlers brought the custom to America, where English-speaking setttlers called it the Christmas tree. First recorded in 1838, Germans call the small decorated firs or spruces they use a Weihnachtsbaum or holy-night tree. Americans at first thought the trees idolatrous, but soon realized the German immigrants weren't worshipping the tree and adopted the custom themselves.