Christmas tree ornaments: The beginning of a tradition

According to the latest findings of the research, the Christmas tree has its origin in the Paradiesbaum   (Paradeisl), which was used in the medieval paradise games on December 24th. The paradise tree was decorated mainly with apple, but also with baked goods and colorful flowers made of paper. According to these sources, the first known Christmas trees in Alsace were also adorned with these elements. At the beginning of the 20th century, Adam and Eve, as well as a snake for traditional Christmas decorations in   North Germany, belonged to the   liturgy   of   Adam And Eve  .

Since before the 19th century mainly apples (mostly Christmas apples), nuts,   biscuits and sugar candy were hung on the tree, the Christmas tree was also called   Zuckerbaum. This is what the poet   Jean Paul   wrote in his novel  , published in 1797: "In some of the next houses the fruit or sugar trees were already lit, and the (...) children bounced around the burning branches And around the silvered fruit ". In   E.T.A. Hoffmann   says in his fairy tale   Nutcracker and Mouse King: "The large pine tree in the middle of it bore many golden and silver apples, and like buds and blossoms germinated sugar cones and colorful sweets, From all branches ".

In addition to sweets, gilded and silvered elements played an important role, especially apples and nuts. There was initially no commercial Christmas decorations, but it was completely made by the families, usually new for each Christmas festival. For this, several books with corresponding manuals and decoration suggestions appeared. This custom continued into the 20th century, but was gradually largely replaced by the newly introduced glass jewelry and the industrially produced   tinsel  .