A Christmas tree is an evergreen conifer, often a spruce, pine of fir, adorned with lights and ornaments in celebration of the season. The modern Christmas tree originated in Western Germany in the 16th century when Christmas brought trees into their homes and decorated them with gingerbread, nuts and apples. Today, the tradition of decorating a tree is embraced by people all over the world. Those indoors are usually surrounded by presents, for Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us. Admire the magnificent spruces and firs as you walk through the display.