The Christmas tree as we now know it today was started in Germany when Christians brought trees home to decorate. If wood was scarce, some people built Christmas pyramids of wood with evergreens and candles. Martin Luther may have added lighted candles to his tree. One evening, he was walking in the woods writing a sermon that he was going to give in church when he was surprised by the glowing of stars twinkling among the evergreens. To remind him of the glowing stars in the woods, he went home and wired the branches with lighted candles.
Oktoberfest started with horse race and wedding bells. Four years after Bavaria gained control of a kingdom in October 12, 1810, crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen. The official festivities included parades of riflemen, music, eating, drinking and it also lasted five days. The festivities ended with a horse race held on a green. The next few years the horse race was continued and the Oktoberfest, also called "Wiesn" was born.
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