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Why do people hang baubles on Christmas trees? Answered

What is the point of people hanging baubles on a Christmas tree?

Keep away bad spirits?

Distracts the Grinch?

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caarntedd

Best Answer 7 years ago

I think it has something to do with bringing a tree into the house to sort of keep spring/summer "alive" through the dormant winter months. The decorations were originally edible nuts and berries and such, which again perpetuated the living tree/food idea, and could of course be eaten.
I think this idea was probably Germanic/Nordic in origin. Pagan beliefs which used to be considered an outrage by followers of Christianity, but eventually became accepted.
There are many different stories from all over the world. The origins are for the most part lost, and they are all sort of homogenous these days, but this is what I remember (vaguely) learning as a kid. Google is your friend at Christmas time. Ho ho ho.

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aeraycaarntedd

Answer 7 years ago

But eventually was co-opted, you mean.
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mole1caarntedd

Answer 7 years ago

+1
If you've seen apples hanging on trees in winter, it makes sense.

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acidbass

7 years ago

because when you have a tree it looks scrawny but once you hang the spheres on them it fills out the tree more

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Jack A Lopez

7 years ago

This tradition of decorating pine trees is a gesture that may have come from an earlier tradition of gathering hallucinogenic mushrooms, and placing them in the boughs of a pine tree, to help dry the mushrooms, and to gather them together in one place.

Another way to dry mushrooms is to put them in a sock, and hang this sock up next to your fireplace.


BTW, you can see/hear more about this cultural hypothesis, here:
The Pharmacratic Inquisition
http://www.sprword.com/videos/pharmacratic/

The part about amanita muscaria mushrooms and Christmas begins at about 58 minutes in.

The link where I found the picture of the Christmas tree with AM mushrooms on it:
http://theartofoneness.blogspot.com/2008/09/amanita-muscaria.html

amanita_muscaria-xmas1.jpgamanita_muscaria-pine_tree.jpg
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aerayJack A Lopez

Answer 7 years ago

AM=not my cup of tea. Although I do like tea...

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lemonie

7 years ago

It is what people do

Kids grow up with this every year, and it becomes ingrained-behaviour, that is what we do / what is done. So people do it every year.

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craftyv

7 years ago

Wow what a good question. I think that the things hung on a tree were ..... Actually I don't know. I look forward to someone who does.

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Mike73craftyv

Answer 7 years ago

Now that it's mentioned, I would love to know, tooo..... :-)