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8 Things You Never Even Knew About Christmas Trees

Bob Vila Logo By Ayn-Monique Klahre of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 8: Though today they're associated with Christmas, decorated evergreens actually have pagan roots. Ancient Romans and Egyptians adorned their home with the trees for winter, and the practice continued throughout Europe as a ritual for the winter solstice. Finally, in the 16th century, believers in Germanic countries began making the evergreens part of their Christmas celebrations.Related: Christmas Miracle: 8 Simple Fixes for All Your Tree Troubles

Pagan Roots

Though today they're associated with Christmas, decorated evergreens actually have pagan roots. Ancient Romans and Egyptians adorned their home with the trees for winter, and the practice continued throughout Europe as a ritual for the winter solstice. Finally, in the 16th century, believers in Germanic countries began making the evergreens part of their Christmas celebrations.

Related: Christmas Miracle: 8 Simple Fixes for All Your Tree Troubles

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