Oh Christmas Tree!
December 5th, 2015
Decorating a Christmas tree is a tradition which goes back to renaissance Europe. For many centuries, Europeans would decorate trees or brunches with fruit, nuts and other edible decorations, to celebrate the birth of Christ. In the early 18th century, German pastors started using evergreen conifer trees, like the ones we use today. Their triangular shape symbolizes the Holy Trinity and their branches point towards heaven. In Scandinavian countries, placing an evergreen in your yard during the winter showed faith that spring will soon succeed the cold and icy weather of the Scandinavian winter.
Later on, people started decorating firs with lit candles, apples and nuts. It soon became a very popular decoration among the European aristocracy. Every palace and mansion in the old continent had a spectacular tree in its main hall, by December of each year. As the years passed, the Christmas tree tradition became popular in Britain too and soon arrived in the United States. With the discovery of electricity, bright Christmas lights replaced the traditional candles. Beautiful ornaments, garlands, lights and candy, were being used for the Christmas tree decorations.
By the early 20th century, the Christmas tree was already very popular in North America. Since the 1920s, the National Christmas Tree is being decorated in Washington DC and still remains an international symbol for peace.
In 1931, during the Great Depression, a group of construction workers raised the first Christmas tree in the Rockefeller Square in New York City. It was the start of an NYC tradition that still continues today; with world-famous, spectacular Christmas decorations and a tall magnificent Christmas tree being decorated and illuminated with thousands of bright lights in the center of Manhattan. This year, the tradition continuous, and a 78ft tall evergreen will be lit on December 2nd, in festive event at the Rockefeller plaza.
Today, Christmas in the most beloved holiday season of Americans, and Christmas trees are an integral part of the Christmas decorations. If you are spending this holiday season in the US, you have to decorate a Christmas tree. You can order online and a freshly cut Christmas tree will be delivered and installed to your house. Order it online with the lights on, an appropriate tree base and a skirt. If you are too busy this time of the year, you can even order a Christmas tree to be delivered to your house or office, and be decorated for you
Christmas tree cultivation dates back to 1900 and is an excellent environmental way to avoid cutting down rare species of conifers or very old pines. Cultivated Christmas trees are environmentally friendly, as while they grow they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen. Real Christmas trees are recyclable and biodegradable, and can be used after they dry-out, to create mulch, animal feed, or other products.
The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is a beautiful tree, native to the American Appalachian mountain forests. It is widely used as a Christmas tree because of its spectacular appearance, its shiny dark blue-green color with shades of silver, and its pleasant Christmas scent. It has a gray-brownish, smooth bark. Fraser firs hold on to their needles for weeks, and barely lose any even after they are completely dry.