2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.
As recently as 150 years ago, Christmas trees were considered a heathen, pagan practice. In 1851, Pastor Henry Schwan of Cleveland, OH was threatened with harm by his own congregation for having set up a Christmas tree in their sanctuary. Of course, you can't sell ugly socks and unneeded plastic toys without a tree to put them under, so commercialism soon pushed aside sanctity and the trees that the Lord forbade snuck into the homes of capitalist "Christians."Jeremiah 10:2-4 (New International Version) [emphasis added]
The ways of nations indeed.