For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.However, the Christmas tree is not the making of an idol. Rather, it is a refutation of paganism.
Saint Boniface, a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, England established Christian churches in France and Germany in the 7th Century. In 723, Boniface felled the holy oak tree dedicated to Thor near the present-day town of Fritzlar in northern Hesse. Boniface called upon Thor to strike him down if he cut the "holy" tree. Boniface started to chop the oak down, when suddenly a great wind, as if by miracle, blew the ancient oak over. When Thor did not strike him down, the people converted to Christianity. He built a chapel from its wood at the site where today stands the cathedral of Fritzlar.
A fir tree growing in the roots of the Oak was claimed by Boniface as a new symbol. "This humble tree's wood is used to build your homes: let Christ be at the center of your households. Its leaves remain evergreen in the darkest days: let Christ be your constant light. Its boughs reach out to embrace and its top points to heaven: let Christ be your Comfort and Guide."By chopping down a tree and bringing into your home, you are refuting a pagan religion which taught that trees were sacred. You can read more about St. Boniface at Catholic Encyclopedia or from the original biography of St. Boniface written by Willibald within thirteen years of Boniface's death.