First Christmas Tree cover

First Christmas Tree

Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

1. The Call of the Woodsman
2. The Trail Through the Forest
3. The Shadow of the Thunder-Oak
4. The Felling of the Tree

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This is a folk tale of how the first tree came into being. It tells of a hero Winfried with his young companion stepping boldly into the pagan right of the passing into winter. He preaches the gospel of Christ and His birth on that night; then from the heavens came a miracle that resulted in the salvation of the people. To celebrate, they brought new life or the Christmas tree into their homes.