Hope ya had a great Christmas, Ham.. Very cleverly done, my man.. Thought I'd add my two-cent's worth about the old Christmas tree story.
Martin Luther is the one credited with placing the tree upright and adding decorations, including lights. Before that, they were hung upside down from a ceiling beam. The yule log and Christmas ham came from pagan Germanic rituals. Throughout the ages, conifer plants were used for winter decorations.
The modern custom of erecting Christmas trees can be dated to 16th century Germany. During the 17th century the custom was extended to individual homes. In the 18th century, the custom had become popular in towns of the upper Rhineland. Wax candles were added in the 18th century. It was regarded as a Protestant custom by the Catholics of the lower Rhine. In the 19th century the Christmas tree became popular with nobility as far away as Russia. From Vienna, the custom spread across Austria, and was introduced to France in 1840. After a British royal married a German royal, the Christmas tree came to Britain, but only within the royal circle. A woodcutting of the royal family beside a Christmas tree was published in the Illustrated London News in 1840 and was copied. Then the copy was sent to the United States where the custom became popular with the American Anglo upper class.
Long before Christianity, the pagan ritual of cutting down a conifer, bringing it into the home and decorating it with pagan god images was widespread throughout Germania. Before that, they just cut off branches to decorate.
In the time of Jeremiah, this practice was deemed as blasphemoues..
Jeremiah 10:2-4: "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
English Puritans condemned customs associated with Christmas, such as the use of the yule log, mistletoe and holly. Oliver Cromwell warned against the heathen traditions of Christmas carols, decorating trees and joyful expressions that he believed to desecrate that sacred event.
I guess one man's worship is another man's blasphemy, eh?...len