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There is a legend that comes down to us from the early days of Christianity in England.  One of those helping to spread Christianity among the Druids was a monk named Wilfred (later Saint Wilfred).

One day, surrounded by a group of his converts, he struck down a huge oak tree, which, in the Druid religion was an object of worship.  As it fell to the earth, the oak tree split into four pieces and from it’s center sprung up a young fir tree.

Wilfred turned to speak, “This little tree shall be your Holy Tree tonight.  It is the wood of peace, for your houses are built of the fir.  It is the sign of an endless life, for it’s leaves are evergreen.  See how it points toward the heavens? Let this be called the tree of the Christ Child.  Gather about it, not in the wilderness, but in your homes.  There it will be surrounded with loving gifts and rites of kindness.”

To this day, that is why the fir tree is one of our loveliest symbols of Christmas.


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