HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND HOW THE WORLD WAR STOPPED THAT MORNING

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Christian believers across the country today celebrate the birth of Christ. This morning in Tirana is being held the usual mass in the Cathedral “Resurrection of Christ”, led by Archbishop Anastas Janullatos. Christmas is celebrated all over the world by Christian believers, as the day of Christ’s birth.

How the war ended at Christmas

During World War I, combat troops on the western front made a Christmas truce and sang festive songs to each other on the battlefield. On Christmas morning, German soldiers came out of the trenches and started approaching Allied troops, shouting “Merry Christmas” in English.

Thankfully, it was not a hoax and dozens of British fighters also came out to greet the enemies. The soldiers ground their hands and exchange cigarettes as gifts. The so-called “Christmas Ceasefire of 1914” remains one of the last examples of wartime cavalry.

The story of the Christmas tree

Even before the advent of Christianity, the Germans used some special evergreen trees to illuminate the dark streets in the gloomy days of the winter solstice. But the “Christmas tree” first appeared in Strasbourg in the 17th century and then spread to Pennsylvania in the 1820s with the arrival of German immigrants.

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Germany in 1840, he brought the Christmas tree tradition to England as well. Eight years later, the first American newspaper published a picture of the royal Christmas tree, and Americans outside of Pennsylvania immediately followed suit.

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