When the Roman Catholic church tried to adapt its ways to make it easier for others, namely Pagans, to convert, they tried to make the Catholic holidays be close to both in dates and meaning to those of Pagans.<br />
The birth of Christ was placed on December 25th to coincide with the Rebirth of nature / Winter Solstice of December 22nd. Both were meant as a show of birth and hope for life. The Christmas tree was also adopted from the Pagans because it was a show of eternal life - obviously since there were no Evergreens in Israel / Jerusalem / Middle East then or now.
So the Christmas tree represente the ressurection of Christ and the wreath represents god bc it has no beginning or an end...right?
The New religion, Christianity thought it would be easier to convert the Old Religion if they celebrated Christian Holidays at the same time as the Pagans did theirs. EG: Christmas, Easter. Sly Foxes, those fellas.
It's the first day that light noticeably increases in duration again after the winter solstice.
So Why are gifts echanged, christmas trees erected, and wreaths placer on flora if it has nothing to do with Christ? After all, that is Why It is called Christmas right???
Saturnalia. It's a Roman pagan tradition mostly.
It's an old Roman Pagan festival that was adapted by their Cleric descents......
originally to combat a popular pagan festival on the same day apparently
yes nice clarification mate =)