[quote="George_Stegmeir, post:3, topic:310148"]
The pine or fir tree was used in what is not Germany as a Christian symbol at Christmas since the area was converted to Christianity in the Dark Ages. By the Middle Ages it was in common use there especially in Bavaria and Saxony.
Apart from Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria introducing the Christmas tree to the UK, the first Christmas trees were introduced into the US in the late 1840's and early 1850's.
There was a massive immigration of Germans to the US beginning in the middle 1840's. These immigrants brought their customs with them. To give you an idea as to the extent of this immigration, by the mid 1850's 5 US cities: Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cincinnati Buffalo and Pittsburg were wall to wall German. Cincinnati alone had 5 daily German newspapers, St Lous had 4.
The Christmas celebrations in these cities spread to the rest of the US, so that by 1878/9 Department Stores in New York City were advertising Christmas sales in the newspapers.
I think that the only people who dwell on any pagan origin of things like Christmas trees and Easter eggs are obscure atheistic scholars who are hell bent on the secularizing of our society.
Really? Maybe they are just scholars?:confused:
Where does the word Easter come from BTW, since you brought it up?