It is said that the Christmas tree first appeared in Ancient Rome in the mid-December Festival of Agriculture, German missionaries Nichoias in the year 8th century with a longitudinal tree to consecrate the baby. Then, the Germans December 24 as Adam and Eve of the festival, at home on the symbol of the Garden of Eden "paradise Tree", hanging on behalf of the cookies on the cookies, a symbol of atonement, also lit candles and ball, symbolizing Christ. By 16th century, Martin Luther, a religious reformer, designed a Christmas tree with candles and balls in his home for a starry Christmas night.
18th century, began in the German Lutheran believers popular, 19th century popular with the German nation, became Germany's deep-rooted tradition.
Albert (Queen Victoria's husband, Prince of Germany) was popularized in the middle of 19th century. Victorian Christmas trees are decorated with candles, candies and assorted pastries, and are hung on branches with ribbons and paper chains.
As early as 17th century, the Christmas tree was brought to North America by German settlers and was popular in 19th century. In Austria, Switzerland, Poland and the Netherlands are also quite popular.
In China and Japan, the Christmas tree was introduced by American missionaries in 19 and 20th century, decorated with colourful flowers.
Traditionally, Christmas trees are not erected until Christmas Eve (December 24) and then removed after 12 nights (January 6). Advance and postpone this date is considered unlucky.
But the modern Christmas shopping season has made most shops set up for Christmas at the end of October. The Christmas department in Selfridge, UK, started business in early September, including the Christmas tree.
Most American families are accustomed to putting up Christmas trees immediately after the Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November) until after the new year. Some American families until December the second weeks set out to erect a Christmas tree, the Christmas tree stood until January 6 (Epiphany).
In Germany, the Christmas tree was traditionally erected on December 24, but it was set up 1-2 weeks earlier.
In Australia, it was one weeks before the summer vacation, but South Australia excepted, where most of early November (after the Adelaide Credit Union Christmas celebrations) set up.