What's Christian about Christmas trees?

by Will Shetterly 

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Decorated trees are not Christian, as anyone who can read the Bible knows:

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. (Jeremiah 10:2–4)

That passage refers to trees used in the worship of Asherah, consort of El, a.k.a. God, but it applies to all heathen practices. Search the Bible, and you'll find no explanation for Christmas trees.

Holiday trees come from pre-Christian Yule traditions. Fortunately for Christians, the old gods of Europe are not jealous. Anyone is welcome to use Yule symbols to celebrate anything, including the December 25th births of Mithra and Jesus.

Since decorated trees are forbidden by the Bible, it makes more sense to to write about Yule trees, holiday trees, or Krismas trees. Many so-called Christmas trees have no Christian symbols like crosses or mangers. Angels occur in Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, so an angel on a tree does not make a tree Christian. Modern ornaments celebrate supernatural beings that Christians oppose: fairies like Tinkerbell, ogres like Shrek, and witches like Harry Potter and Glinda the Good Witch.