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Grace Note for December 15, 2015

The earliest account of a Christmas tree was by the Classical Roman poet Virgil. Later accounts tell of the trees and decorations used by the Romans in their celebration of the mythical god Saturn.

The credit for the tradition of decorating the home with a Christmas tree belongs to Martin Luther, who adorned a small fir tree with candles.

It is believed that those early Christians who saw a fir tree growing from the trunk of a fallen oak made the connection between evergreen trees and the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the source of eternal life. A fir tree grew in place of a tree called the Oak of Thor that a Christian missionary had chopped down in a protest against false religions. The Scriptures remind us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Let those words be a comfort and an inspiration to you in this season and all year through.

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