A decorated tree associated with the celebration of Christmas. The invention of the Christmas tree is not Patented but there are a number of speculative theories as to where the Christmas tree came from.
The modern Christmas tree seems to have originated during the Renaissance of early modern Germany. Similar decorated trees were used by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews to symbolize eternal life.
The trees were traditionally decorated with apples, nuts, and other foods but in the 18th century, people started using candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after electricity was invented.
Today, people use a wide variety of ornaments such as garlands, tinsels, and candy canes with the traditional angel or star on the top of the Christmas tree that represents the angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem.
During most of the 1970s and 1980s, the largest decorated Christmas tree in the world was put up every year on the property of the National Enquirer in Lantana, Florida. Since the early 20th century, it became common in many cities, towns, and stores to put up public Christmas trees. In some cities, a Festival of Trees is organized around the decoration and display of multiple trees as charity events.
Traditionally, both setting up and taking down of Christmas trees were associated with specific dates. Christmas trees were not decorated until Christmas Eve (24 December) and then removed the day after Twelfth Night (5 January). To have a tree up before or after these dates was even considered bad luck, but it has become customary to set up one’s Christmas tree at the beginning of the festive season.
Some traditions suggest that Christmas trees may be kept up until no later than 2 February, the feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Candlemas), when the Christmas season effectively closes.