Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square, origin and meaning

Dec 07, 2021 305

BY: Monica Auteri

With only a few days remaining before Christmas you can feel the holiday cheer all around, streets filled with lights and colors for the most awaited celebration of the year. In the squares of many cities around Italy you can see a Christmas tree, which has become a tradition: aming these squares there is St Peter’s, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. But how did this tradition come to be? And when was the first tree set up? Let us find out together!

The history of the Christmas tree is quite complex and tracing its extremely old origins is no easy task: some claim that the tradition came to be in the northern countries, in particular 24 of December when Adam and Eve are celebrated in Germany. The spruce was considered the tree of paradise and the symbolic fruits hung from its branches. 

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