The History of The Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are common holiday decorations, but did you ever wonder where the tradition began?

Fox News reports the tradition of Christmas trees began in the 16th century in Germany. The story goes that Martin Luther was allegedly in awe at the beauty of the stars above the evergreen trees one evening, and tried to recreate the vision for his family at home.

In America, the first record of a Christmas tree was from German settlers in Pennsylvania in 1830, but there were community Christmas trees as early as 1747. Many Americans were slow to adopt the tradition, as they viewed Christmas trees as pagan symbols back then. What really made the tradition take off was in 1846 when Queen Victoria was illustrated next to a Christmas tree with her family. By the 1890s, Christmas trees ticked up in popularity in the U.S., and the rest is history. (Fox