The Christmas tree has a rich history, from evergreen trees to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship by pagan Europeans. The modern version has its origins in Germany, where the song “O Tannenbaum” is still a festive favourite.
Today the traditional tree with lights and decorations appears in cities including Washington, Moscow and Beirut. Alternatives range from recycled rubbish in Mexico City to old window frames in Rakvere, Estonia.
Whatever the shape or size, the message is the same: Merry Christmas.