Christmas tree

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17 December 2021  |  Culture

Le sapin de Noël

Sun rebirth tree

Between 2000 and 1200 BC, the spruce is the symbol of the rebirth of the sun.

Indeed, the Celts allocated a tree each month according to their lunar calendar.

The spruce, symbol of life, was associated with December 24, celebrating the winter solstice. It was decorated with flowers and fruits. Rock engravings in the Scandinavian regions attest to this symbolism.

In the 7th century, the fir tree was collected by Christians who planted young fir trees in celebration of the birth of Christ.

Tree of paradise

In the 11th century, the Christmas tree is decorated with red apples and becomes "the tree of paradise".

It was in the 12th century that it appeared in France, in Alsace. It was not until the 16th century that it was considered the Christmas tree. It is then more gourmet, decorated with cakes and sweets.

In the 17th century, the firs were lit with candles.

A little anecdote: in 1738 Marie Leszczynska, wife of the King of France Louis XV, had a Christmas tree installed in the Palace of Versailles.

Christmas tree


Today, the Christmas tree occupies a major place in homes at Christmas. Nearly 6.5 million Christmas trees are sold each year in France.

How do you decorate your tree?

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Virginie Erre

After gaining a Masters Degree from the Panthéon Sorbonne, I worked as a real-estate agent for luxury properties and now am a manager with Pure France high quality holiday rentals. I am also a yoga instructor.

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