Excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Volume 19, 1860.
picture represents two little chubby English children, rosy
with health, eyes sparkling, and hearts light with happiness,
trudging through the snow, with their aprons full of holly,
laurel, ivy, and mistletoe, which they have been gathering
to dress their cottage. We can imagine how proud they feel
with their treasures, and with what satisfaction they will
see them when arranged in the parlor, making it look like
a fairy bower. They will have a merry Christmas without doubt,
for their parents will be quite sure to reward them for such
But why adorn the buildings with evergreens? In old times,
in England, there lived a people called Druids. They were
the priests of that country, and taught the people to worship
imaginary spirits who lived in groves and woods. Evergreens
were taken into the houses at this season, that the spirits
might come in and find shelter from the cold among their branches.
When the people learned the Christian religion, this custom
was still kept up, until it became a part of the ceremony
observed in celebrating Christmas. The evergreens give a very
cheerful appearance to a room, and although the spirits which
the Druids believed in do not come in, yet pleasant thoughts
and happy feelings are excited, and thus good spirits take
possession of the heart.