The practice of commemorating Winter Solstice with evergreen plants stretches back centuries. The tradition of celebrating Christmas with evergreen trees is believed to have started in sixteenth century Germany. While some early German immigrants put up Christmas trees in America, the tradition did not catch on for Americans until the mid to late nineteenth century. Prior to their general acceptance, Christmas trees were seen as an oddity or even a pagan mockery of a holy day.
While evergreen trees do make a living room look and smell nice, the best place to appreciate them might be on a frosty mountain like we saw in 2010.
Whatever you celebrate this time of year, Head First wishes you warmth and cheer! We will be back in 2013 with more mountains, more towers, more ruins and more adventures!
History of Christmas Trees, History.com
I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas (Tree), Scientific American