Yeah, NOW the pine is used all over the place. But it wasn’t part of the Christian celebration of anything until the 16th century.
Now you’re on track, consigning the pine to a particular group, like Christians, doesn’t make sense.
Nice written history, and what’s it have to do with Jesus’ birthday? Oh yeah, nothing. At least until the 17th century when a bunch of central European Christians decided they looked nice all decorated for those pagan holidays and why not use it for the Christian holiday.
That’s simply a personal reading of history, discostu. The Jews were using evergreen in written history before the early central Europeans have a record of anything.
And celebrations at and around the solstices are much older than one religion or another.
So, ascribing it all to northern europeans is a bit of prejudicial judgment.
After all, the True God created the solstices in that He ordered the universe. Those other cultures all descended from the survivors of the flood, so their later practices were derived from an original authentic understanding and their deviations were deviations from the most ancient history.