Those Were The Days (1)
The traditional picture of Prince Albert, Queen Vic and a selection of delighted offspring ...
Of course, the evergreen pine tree is a pagan symbol. It represented the "hope" of a renewed life in spring and joins with The Green Man who morphed into Father Christmas.
The "Tree of Life" begins the Bible in the story of Adam and Eve; the "tree" of the Cross represents the Gift of Life through Jesus' willing self sacrifice - and the Bible ends (in the book of Revelation) with another life giving Tree, located in Heaven.