THE STORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Hertha Pauli
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THE STORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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Here are facts magically woven into a story -- the first Christmas tree to appear at an American church service caused the Reverend Schwan to substantiate the custom by letters to pastors all over the United States, inquiring for the true meaning of this Christmas symbol. He learns the story of Hans Christian Andersen and Jenny Lind, which showed the tree meant ""Home"": the story of the little glass bell was the story of ""Love"": that of the foreign Princess was of ""Kindness"": the story of the little Jesus was of ""Grace"". So that the next year, 1852, Reverend Schwan could justify his tree and see the custom spread throughout the country. A dextrous blending of fact and fiction in this sag of Christmas tree usage.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin