This is a 26 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Holidays – Celebrating Christmas Traditions - The Christmas Tree. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides and to the presentation as you need to.
Decorating of Christmas trees began when ancient people started a tradition of hanging evergreen boughs over the doors and windows of their homes. It was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we know it today in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes in pots hoping they would flower by Christmas time. Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains hung from chandeliers or lighting hooks. Sometimes they were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.
The 1st record of a Christmas tree being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of PA. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans! By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the United States. Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.
The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments. Because the United States was settled by Immigrants, it enjoys many of the holiday cultural traditions from the countries of its origins while creating some of its own.
The two prominent Christmas Tree displays in the United States include the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in NYC and the National Christmas at the White House in WDC.
The presentation covers the following:
Section 1: History of the Christmas Tree
How It All Started
The First Christmas Trees
Acceptance in Germany
Rejected by the Puritans
Acceptance in the USA
Accepted by Great Britain
Electricity & Public Displays
Section 2: Prominent Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (2)
National Christmas Tree (2)
Section 3: Christmas in the United States
Customs & Food
Celebrations & Decorations
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading ….Holidays & Anniversaries.