I was reading the devotional Why do We Call it Christmas found on YouVersion (a bible app) and came across the story of how the Christmas tree started. Here's what it said:
The story of Christmas trees is fascinating! The tradition started in Germany hundreds of years ago. Tribes of people decorated trees to honor their gods, including the very powerful god Thor. The Oak of Thor was a huge tree that no one cut down! A Christian missionary, named Boniface, who was there to spread the good news about Jesus Christ to the people, chopped down Thor's oak to prove that Thor was a false god, not the true God who loved them and created them in His image! Nothing happened! They all began to believe in Jesus, and Boniface told them to use an evergreen tree to represent Christ, because its green leaves were constant and never-changing, like Christ's love. So today we honor Jesus through evergreen trees at Christmas! Let's praise God for His powerful love and how He always loves us, no matter what.
This year, as you place gifts under the Christmas tree, reflect upon Jesus' love for you and the gift of giving Himself on the tree at Calvary!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17