The Paradise Tree

GOOD EVENING ON THIS 6th DAY OF CHRISTMASTIDE!

Many have taken down their Christmas Tree!

But as some traditions are celebrated, it is not

taken down until the Twelfth Night of the
Christmastide.

In the Middle Ages special mystery plays

were held on this day which featured

a PARADISE TREE!

A TREE REPRESENTING – The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

AND the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden

The tree was decorated with apples – for the forbidden fruit

And sweets for the Tree of Life

When the mystery plays were suppressed in the fifteenth century

the paradise trees were moved into the home.

The apples were later substituted for other round objects such as shiny red balls

and lights and the Star of Bethlehem – thus our tree is a reminder of the reason

why God deemed it important to send His Son to become man and a foretaste

of the sweet tree from which our Lord’s birth would once again enable us to

taste!

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