|St. Boniface and the Christmas Tree
After Saint Boniface chopped down Thor’s tree, it is said that a fir tree grew in its place. When Saint Boniface saw the fir tree, he spoke to the German people saying:
- This humble tree's wood is used to build your homes: let Christ be at the centre of your households.
- Its leaves remain evergreen in the darkest days: let Christ be your constant light.
- Its boughs reach out to embrace and its top points to heaven: let Christ be your comfort and your guide.
The evergreen tree became a symbol of Jesus Christ for the German people, and through time became the universal symbol of Christmas for all Christians.
Many Christians give a Christmas gift of a Saint Boniface medal, Saint Boniface charm, or Saint Boniface necklace in memory of this German missionary and the origin of the Christmas tree.