Saturday, November 24, 2007

Davao's tallest xmas tree

Davao City can only hope to rival Tagum City's Christmas tree with this outdoor Christmas Tree located at Victoria Plaza's parking lot right in front of McDonalds in J.P. Laurel Ave. Tagum City's 2006 Christmas Tree, which is said to contain over 200,000 light bulbs, was touted as among the tallest in Southeast Asia as of last year.

Victoria Plaza's Christmas Tree, which was officially lit up Friday, is however less majestic than Tagum City's 2007 Christmas Tree which was also officially shown to the public the same day. The latter was designed especially for Tagum City and was patterned after the star seen in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

While Dabawenyos and people the world over relate Christmas trees with Christianity, the putting up of Christmas trees or an equivalent symbol, actually originated from the tradition of Norse and Germanic pagans. The evergreen was admired by the Norse pagans because it does not die easily and kept its green color every year unlike other plants It was the Scandinavian pagans who were credited for bringing home their Christmas tree to celebrate a fruitful harvest.

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