From the grand Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to sparkly trees in Disneyland, Christmas trees brighten December across the country.
The Christmas tree we're familiar with today has a centuries-old history. It was first adopted in Germany during the 16th century. In fact, it's said by some that Martin Luther was the first to add lighted candles to the decorated trees. Americans were slow to adopt the custom; as late as the mid-19th century, many in the U.S. considered them pagan symbols. But an illustration in the Illustrated London News that depicted Queen Victory and Prince Albert standing with their children around a Christmas tree is credited with making the custom popular—in Britain and in the United States.
Today, we glimpse Christmas trees everywhere, from small churches to upscale malls. Enjoy these community Christmas trees that have become treasured examples of a now-beloved holiday tradition.