"I Heard the Bells..." Christmas Tree, Lights, Poinsettia, Carols, & White House Christmas Celebrations - American Minute with Bill Federer
Henry Van Dyke wrote in The First Christmas Tree (1906) of St. Boniface (Winfried) chopped down Thor's oak tree:
"'... Courage, brothers, and forward yet a little ... this Christmas eve ... For this is the Yuletide, and the heathen people of the forest have gathered at the thunder-oak of Geismar to worship their god, Thor ...
'Bring the axes' ... they grasped the axe-helves and swung the shining blades ... A strong, whirling wind ... gripped the oak ... Backward it fell ... crashing as it split asunder ..."
'And here.' said he, as his eyes fell on a young fir-tree, standing straight and green ... Let us call it the tree of the Christ-child ..."