Can anyone confirm or deny this notion I have about the tradition of placing garland around trees around Christmas and Yule? Somewhere, somehow I picked up this idea that in pre-Christian Europe the entrails of one’s vanquished enemies where draped over trees. I can’t remember how I came across this idea, but in the years following I have not been able to find any reference to it. Is this just a product of my morose imagination or is there some truth? Is there a source out there?
Thanks for the source Meddlesome.
I would like for this to be true. I already have visions of draped entrails dancing in my head.
It sounds like hooey tbh. As a semi former neo-pagan-ish girl I did a bit of looking into the midwinter festivities of northern Europe and i have to say this only really came up on anti pagan sites with no sources to check. I could be wrong but i doubt it. The evergreen tree was really just a symbol of hope that life goes on through even the harshest winter. The original German lyrics to Oh christmas tree are beautiful it's called Oh tannenbaum and make no mention of christmas or religion it's just a celebration of the enduring fir tree and how it represents loyalty and hope. It's from the 16th century but wasn't related to christmas until the 20th century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Tannenbaum