7 Unique, Beautiful Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree
The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come.— Dictionary
The Christmas tree is a long lasting tradition that developed somewhere around the early 16th century. Pagans would decorate the tree to celebrate their winter festivities, celebrating nature as sharing hope that winter would end and spring would come again.
It is thought to have first been used in a home, as a Christian tradition, (celebrating the day that Jesus Christ was born) in the 16th century as well. This was in Germany by a priest named Martin Luther.
Although, no one really knows the exact date that Jesus Christ was born, Christians celebrate The Lords birthday on December 25th.
The earliest Christmas trees were decorated with edible things such as gingerbread men and candy apples. Candles were also used to decorate the trees (which sounds pretty dangerous to me).
Early Christmas trees often had something to represent baby jesus at the top of the tree, but that later changed into an angel. The angel is meant to represent the angel that told the wisemen that Jesus had been born.
Evergreens were oftentimes thought to have the power to keep witches and other evil spirits at bay. Which led to the first evergreen wreaths, which are older than the first Christmas Tree.
Check out this great hub by Delores Monet to learn how to make your very own evergreen Christmas wreath!
The Real Deal
Real or Fake?
Do You Use a Real Christmas Tree?
The Benefits of a Real Christmas Tree:
Added Tradition and Beauty: What a great Christmas tradition it would be to go and pick out a real deal Christmas Tree. Look at those things. It's hard to get a tree that full when you are buying a faker. There is no denying that these trees are lavishly luscious, and they smell great too.
Evergreen fir trees are grown in all 50 states in America, and Christmas tree farms employ over 200,000 Americans. Trees can be recycled after they serve their purpose as a Christmas decoration, and can be used for mulch and/or compost.
I know, I know. The fake ones are so convenient! They come pre-lit and everything these days. Plus, it's one less thing to worry about every year at Christmas time -- because I understand -- Christmas can be pretty dang stressful.
Not to mention, all the pretty colors!
The possibilities are endless!
You can make your own tree ornaments,
Or you can buy some beautiful pieces.
Maybe you have old, keepsake ornaments?
Here are a few pictures of the many, many
different types of ornaments for your tree!
Christmas Tree Garland might just be my favorite part of decorating a Christmas Tree.
I love the look of Garland!