(PRWEB) December 21, 2004
Twas the week before Christmas with SantaÂs elves making ready his sleigh; so let us set the First Christmas Tree legend straight, once and for all. Many sources credit the first Christmas Tree to Martin LutherÂs walk in the forest near Riga Latvia in the year 1510.
According to Mike Johnson, General Manager of Patricia Tourist Office in Riga Latvia, when searching for the historical beginning of the first Christmas tree, one must go very deep into the past. Just like Santa Claus one finds that the first Christmas tree was combination of many different facts, legends and customs all starting in the Baltic countries and what is now Northern Germany. But, there is some interesting intrigue in this history. According to the organization Christmas Archives International UK. http://www.christmasarchives.com
In an email to Patricia Tourist Office dated Thursday, January 17, 2002, 5:51:37 PM, Maria Countess Maria Hubert von Staufer from Christmas Archives International UK wrote: "I hope that you do not mind me telling you this, but as Riga is very important in the History of the Christmas Tree, I thought it best to tell you so that you will not have erroneous information."
The Riga tree reference and the Martin Luther Tree reference are two different references. The Martin Luther Tree was not the Riga Tree. In fact, little is known about the original Riga tree other than the fact that it was attended by men wearing black hats, and that after a ceremony, they burn the tree. This was a mixture of pagan and Christian custom, as were very many of the customs in Central Europe. The Martin Luther Tree was several decades later.
Latvia is a reborn destination after 50 difficult years under Soviet Occupation. It is a must stop in your visit to the Baltic countries.
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