What a time it is!
The Christmas tree originated in Germany – it has been traced back to the 16th, possibly 15th, century. A Christmas tree has been hung each year at St Gregory’s Church in Selestat, France since 1521.
In the second half of the 19th century, the use of Christmas trees widely spread beyond Germany.
Thirty-three to thirty-six million Christmas trees are cut per year in the U.S. at a cost of 1.5 billion dollars – My family bought an artificial Christmas tree in 2000. It is still proudly displayed in my living room as I write this – 2.6 billion is spent on wrapping paper alone per holiday season. The total holiday estimated spending for 2011 was 52 billion dollars.
That’s an average of 165 dollars for every person in the United States.
It’s a good thing Jesus was born on December 25th. Who in their right-mind would go out shopping in the freezing cold, through blizzards, ice storms, and fighting off the shopping hordes to spend 52 billion dollars?
No one I know!