The graceful custom of the use of evergreens has
its roots in the profound reverence of the Ancients
for all natural phenomena. To their simple and
unartificial minds, Nature was everywhere alive.
Every fountain had its spirit, every mountain its
deity, and every water, grove, and meadow, its
supernatural associations. The whisperings
of the trees through their leafy boughs was
the subtle speech of the god who dwelt within,
while the sound of the waves breaking over
the pebbly beach was the joyous laughter
of the divinities of the sea.
William Muir Auld