Ornaments on the Tree, Advent activity 4

Did you know that ornaments on the tree started out as decorations for the “forbidden fruit” tree in medieval European plays about Adam and Eve? Plays based on bible characters were performed throughout the year and December 24th was dedicated to Adam and Eve, the only problem was that in the winter you could not find fruit trees for the play so they placed shiny apples in the evergreens. The trees soon became more popular than the plays themselves! Eventually the plays went by the wayside, as things often do, but the German families continued to decorate their own trees with the shiny red apples and called them “paradise trees.” As time went on moms would hide sugary treats in the tree for the kids to find. They also placed tiny round wafers in the tree that represented the body of Christ that was broken on the cross to save us from our sins. What a wonderful reminder of God’s great love for us!

Now in our modern age we now longer place sweets, well maybe candy canes, but we do still decorate our Christmas trees wonderfully. In our home we purchase family ornaments and our son gets to pick out a personal ornament for his tree. When he leaves home he will have at least 18 ornaments to take with him for his own tree in his own home.

Day 4 of the count down to Christmas scripture: Luke 1:28-30 The angel when to her and said “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”


2 Replies to “Ornaments on the Tree, Advent activity 4”

  1. This is so interesting. I never had any background on how decorations the tree became a tradition. My daughter will be so excited to learn this!

    1. Before getting The Adventure of Christmas book I didn’t know either. Each tradition has a very interesting history and it is well laid out in the book, I love it!

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