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State Christmas ornament to be presented Monday

November 26, 2012


— Kansas will unveil its official Christmas tree ornament during a ceremony at the governor's mansion in Topeka.

The ceremony Monday night at Cedar Crest will also include the lighting of a 9-foot-tall Scotch Pine donated by Windy Knoll Tree Farm near Derby.

A 14-foot Scotch pine from Country Christmas Trees in Wakarusa was lit Friday at the State Capitol.

Last year, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration kept the live trees outside after deciding state fire codes did not allow the trees inside the buildings.

The Wichita Eagle reports the administration determined this year that a living tree is allowed inside Cedar Crest because it is a private residence. And the administration decided a live tree was allowed inside the Capitol because it has the required sprinkler system.


gr 5 years, 3 months ago

""Most people have heard that the Christmas tree originates in the tannenbaum and is some sort of vestige of Teutonic vegetation worship. THIS IS PARTIALLY TRUE. However, the custom of using pine and other evergreens ceremonially was well established at the ROMAN SATURNALIA, even earlier in Egypt" (p. 209)."

"It is frequently traced to the symbolism of evergreen trees in pre-Christian winter rites, especially with the story of the Donar Oak and Saint Boniface.[6]

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime."[7]"

"Pope John Paul II introduced the Christmas tree custom to the Vatican in 1982.[58]"

"Jeremiah 10:2 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. 3 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. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."

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