BY MEGAN COLE
People started using the Christmas tree around winter because pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes, as it made them think of the spring to come. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God. Nobody is really sure when fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. Some said that earlier Christmas trees were hung upside down from the ceiling on chandeliers or lighting hooks. Sometimes they wouldn’t even be displayed in a home but be carried around from home to home. If someone wasn’t able to afford a real tree, then they would make pyramids of wood and decorate it. Usually they would use paper, apples, and candles. Although in 1885, a hospital in Chicago burned down because of candles on a Christmas tree. In 1903 the first electric string of light were available.