Thursday, December 04, 2008

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Advent Calendar - December 4

Christmas Fact: Paradise Tree (Christbaum)

Few people today would recognize a fir tree decorated only with red apples and white circular wafers as a paradise tree. The paradise tree developed as a prop for the paradise play, a medieval European mystery play performed around Christmas time. Indeed, with its early historical connection to the Christmas season, the paradise tree may well have been the forerunner of the Christmas tree.
Encyclopedia of Christmas (p. 452)

More about paradise trees here.

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