What Are the Origins of Our Holiday Traditions?

The Christmas Tree 1 of 10

Some believe the hallmark of the Christmas holiday started with Martin Luther, who saw a beautiful tree on Christmas Eve that he decided to chop down and bring home to show his family. Through lighted decoration of such a beautiful sight, he believed that he would be able to demonstrate to his children what heaven was like. Over time, decorations have grown with technology, and Americans became the the first people to put them in living rooms.