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Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Trees Origins

It's a bit of ancient history commonly known by theologians and professors.

But it's not much mentioned in what's become an international controversy over the Christmas trees at Sea-Tac Airport.

Those rallying for the sanctity of Christmas trees are, according to the experts, fighting for a pagan tradition that goes back centuries.

"In German-speaking lands, this was the Christianization of the devotion that Druids had to evergreens," said professor Lawrence Cunningham, who teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame.

"Druids were an ancient people that lived in Germany, and in present-day France, and also the British Isles. They were basically a nature religion. To them, trees that kept their greenery in wintertime showed power, endurance, immortality." Full Story

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