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Christmas Tree Tips - How To Keep And Cope With Your Christmas Tree

Updated on December 8, 2012

Christmas Tree Tips To Help You Cope With A Christmas Tree.

Every year, you end up with a Christmas tree in your living room. Maybe a real, living tree, roots and all. Shedding lovely pine needles on your carpet. Sitting there, being a fire risk. Here are some Christmas tree tips to help you deal with the tree in your life.

Christmas Tree Tip: How To Care For Your Living Tree.

Bought a living tree? Maintain freshness and cut down on needle shedding like this...

When you get your new tree home, put the freshly cut trunk in a bucket of water, and keep it topped up.

To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water capacity for the tree. Aim to provide a quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Displaying your tree in water in a reservoir type stand is the best way to keep it fresh and minimize needle loss.

The Christmas TreeTradition.

The most notable tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas - and my all time favourite - is the Christmas tree. But who do we have to thank for this? Why do otherwise sane and rational people go to great lengths to drag what is often a real, living fir tree into their house and decorate it with baubles and strings of coloured lights?

Christmas Tree

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Blame Boniface.

Well, St. Boniface is said to have been responsible for the first Christmas tree. Born in Devon, England, he was an early missionary for the Church, who became known as the Apostle of the Germans. He cut down a tree sacred to the Norse gods and replaced it with a fir tree.

They Knew How To Party.

But the custom of erecting a Christmas tree as we know it today, lights and all, can be traced to 15th century Livonia, where a merchants' association erected a tree to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Members of the brotherhood danced around the tree before setting light to it.

Singing, Dancing, Setting Fire To Stuff.

Lutheran pastor Balthasar Russow wrote in 1584 about this tradition of putting up and decorating a spruce tree on the market square, where the young men:'went with a flock of maidens and women, first sang and danced there and then set the tree aflame'.

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This Tree Thing Catches On...

The custom caught on among the nobility in the early 19th century, as it slowly spread through Europe. The first Christmas tree was lit in Denmark in 1808 by a Countess Wilhemine, and in Vienna in 1816, by a Princess Henrietta. The Christmas tree was introduced to France in 1840 by the Duchesse d'Orléans.

In Britain, the Christmas tree was introduced by George III's Queen Charlotte in the early 19th century, but the custom hadn't yet spread far beyond the royal family.

Decorating The Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree Tip: Keep Your Tree Away From Heat.

If you bought a real tree, keeping the room temperature down slows the drying process, and results in lower water consumption.

When it's time to part company with your tree, go online to find a recycling program near you. And - this is probably the most important Christmas tree tip - never, NEVER burn any part of a Christmas tree in your wood stove or fireplace.

Want to know why? Take a look at this:

Christmas Tree On Fire.

The Christmas Tree Tradition Begins In The USA.

If that's not persuaded you to buy a fire extinguisher and double check all the fairy lights are switched off before you go to bed, I don't know what will.

Meanwhile... How did the Christmas tree thing get started in the US? Well, a print of the British Royal family and their Christmas tree was reproduced in a magazine in the United States in 1850. The printer changed the engraving into an American scene by the simple expedient of removing the Queen's tiara and Prince Albert's mustache.

It was the first widely circulated picture of a decorated Christmas tree in America. By the 1870s, the tradition of the Christmas tree was established there.

Christmas Tree With Lights.

I love this picture. Got a David Lynch vibe going.
I love this picture. Got a David Lynch vibe going. | Source

Christmas Tree Tip: Make The Christmas Season Special...

Christmas traditions make the season special. I still smile when I remember my friends persuading their toddler daughter to first write a letter to Santa Claus, then post it up the chimney. Start your own family Christmas traditions when the children are young; it helps makes the season magical for them, and enjoyable for everyone involved. You might include a tree lighting ceremony, where every family member places a Christmas decoration on the tree and joins in the hanging of lights and baubles.

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Krinner's Christmas Tree Genie will let you set up a 12 foot tree in seconds. It's the only tree stand with a 2.5 gallon capacity and a fully automatic water level indicator. Now wider and heavier, at 18 pounds with a 20 inch base, to provide the stability you need. Fits trunks from 1" to 7" diameter, and comes with a 5 year warranty.

 

Merry Christmas, One And All.

Let your children help when it comes to making decorations. These could be as simple as dried autumn leaves or cut out paper shapes, glued and sprinkled with glitter. Yes, it's a cheap and sneaky way to keep the kids quiet for an hour while you kick back and let the Christmas stress depart, helped on its way by judicious applications of sherry.

Just allow your children to be as creative as they want. And leave the mess they make until later.

One of the very best things about Christmas is that it's a time to gather the family together. And distance need be no object, because if you have a webcam on your computer you can share all these moments with family members, no matter how far away they may be. Christmas is a great family time, and keeping the tradition of the tree alive is a good way to celebrate it. Merry Christmas, one and all.

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