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the Christmas tree and decorations came to | Irdng Herod's law to have all origins of the Christmas tree tion of a Bible lesson about the fall of The original Yule tree was a live, children killed forced Many believe that the fast Adam and Eve and a source of enter- Jesus to run away, a Christmas trees were seen in Germany tainment for the celebrants. The play unknown origin states they as a prop for the annual Paradise Play. ended with the promise of the coming forest one night. The tree was called the "Paradise of Christ, who would redeem the sins pine tree that Tree" and was located in the center of of Adam and Eve. its branches to keep them hid- the stage. Many years later, the play was Herod's army. It was hung with apples to represent banned, due to the raucous and bawdy of the next day, Jesus is the Tree of Life and the Tree of language and behavior of the actors. to have raised his hands and Knowledge. The theatrical perfor- The Paradise Tree was moved into pine tree. mance took place around the tree and individual homes alongside the Yule that if you cut a pine conefocused on Adam and Eve, according to tree, which promised eternal life. you can still see the the Christian religion. Families eventually eliminated one of his hand. Read on to learn The play usually took place the day tree and the one and only Christmas interesting facts about thebefore Christmas and was a combina- tree was created. safety tips in mind while decorating the tree r let an electrical accident ruin season? Take a little extra these simple safety the Leviton Institute, and get decorating off to a safe to know about tree lights ; of holiday lights look enough, but when you plug into the same outlet, you run iing a circuit. of an overloaded circuit are or dim; a TV screen in size; or an outlet or I that feels warm to the touch. tripped circuit breaker or fuse. You begin to decorate, it's a check out the condition of d. If you find broken or SOckets, loose connections, or or cut insulation, it's best to dis- and buy a new one. shopping for lights or other decorations, make sure they UL safety-approved label. And Purchase outdoor lights for : Use. They usually burn hotter some other important safe- tree lights when you're not when you go to bed Use electric lights on a metallic outside decorations, use only ; rated for outdoor use SUre outdoor lights and all elec- decorations are plugged into a Circuit Interrupter preferably with a weather- COver. plugging your decorations into an you hood to know about extension cord, check to see if the cord extemr, ien cerds is warm to the touch. If it is, unplug Extension cords can be overloaded some of the decorations. Better yet, just as easily as your house wiring, so use an extension cord with thicker don't plug more than three strands of wires. lights into one extension cord. After GIF'I" CERTIFICATES ON SALE!!! $30 Gift Certificate for $25 $65 Gift Certificate for $50 $100 Gift Certificate for $75 $135 Gift Certificate for $100 from The Nursery & Gift Shop Winter hours: Tues. - Sat. 9 - 5 Closed Sun. & Mon. COME GROW WITH US! Your Water Gardening Source Comer of Hwy 36 & Watson Rd. Chester CHRISTIAN BOOKS & BIBLES (530) 258-3482 undecorated tree planted in a pot that could be moved outdoors at the appro- priate time. Original ornaments were apples, to signify the Tree of Knowledge, but then other types of decor were added to the tree. Ornaments that looked like commu- nion wafers were attached to the branches, along with pastries that had been cut into hearts, stars and angels. Garlands of roses graced the green boughs and, eventually, candles were moved from the table to the tree. The Germans took this Christmas tree tradition with them to England and America. Not much has changed over the years since the Christmas tree fhst made its appearance. Stars, angels and round ornaments are still hung on the tree, whether real or artificial. Garland and lights, in place of candles, are also hung. Do you have a family tradition that revolves around your own Christmas tree? Write it down and store it with your tree or ornaments. This will keep the tradition and your personal histo- ry alive for generations to come. All Childrens Toys & Games 1t Wrapping :ion of_beautiful Framed Large selection of gifts & toys Heritage Lace ~'On going"~ Stocking Stuffersi ,-,t--_._.__ I[sales tbr:u I Christmas Cards ~or~a~m~t, sj