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7 Unique, Beautiful Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree

Updated on December 17, 2015
Oh, Christmas Tree
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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.

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Old Christmas Tree, Christmas Tree History
Old Christmas Tree, Christmas Tree History

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!

http://hubpages.com/hub/ChristmasWreathHowtoMakeanEvergreenWreath

The Real Deal

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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.

Environment Benefits:

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!

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Purple Christmas TreePink Christmas TreeBlue Christmas TreeRed Christmas TreeYellow Christmas TreeRainbow Christmas TreeBlack Christmas TreeBlack Christmas Tree
Purple Christmas Tree
Purple Christmas Tree | Source
Pink Christmas Tree
Pink Christmas Tree | Source
Blue Christmas Tree
Blue Christmas Tree | Source
Red Christmas Tree
Red Christmas Tree
Yellow Christmas Tree
Yellow Christmas Tree
Rainbow Christmas Tree
Rainbow Christmas Tree
Black Christmas Tree
Black Christmas Tree
Black Christmas Tree
Black Christmas Tree
Cute Ball Christmas Tree Ornaments
Cute Ball Christmas Tree Ornaments | Source
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Decorations

Ornaments:


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!

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Kids Christmas Craft Ornaments for Christmas TReePretty Ball Ornaments
Kids Christmas Craft Ornaments for Christmas TRee
Kids Christmas Craft Ornaments for Christmas TRee
Pretty Ball Ornaments
Pretty Ball Ornaments

Garland

Christmas Tree Garland might just be my favorite part of decorating a Christmas Tree.

I love the look of Garland!

popcorn garland
popcorn garland
Bead Garland
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Ribbon

Ribbon Garland
Ribbon Garland | Source

Of Course, Light it Up!

Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      We have a fake tree too. It's just easier isn't it? On occasion we buy a real one. :)

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      Emily Lantry 21 months ago from Tennessee

      Thank you! I've always used a fake tree, but I wouldn't mind having a real tree one year. Either way, they're just as beautiful. Merry Christmas to you!

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi emi sue. Good information here and a visually attractive hub. We always use a fake tree nowadays for convenience but used to sometimes get a real tree. Even tried growing our own but it died :(

      Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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      Emily Lantry 21 months ago from Tennessee

      I think ornaments and decorations are so much more special when they have a story of a history. My favorite decorations are either home made or hand me downs.

      I do prefer a fake tree though!

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      This was a great hub for the season emi. It's very well written with great facts about how people started the tradition of the evergreen tree in their homes.

      I can remember stringing popcorn and when we were little, in my house, I believe every ornament on the tree was handmade from us kids. I remember one I made with the top of a hairspray can. Placing cotton in it and a Christmas sticker on top of that. lol... Nowadays, it seems the traditional handmade ornaments are fizzling out and being replaced by big bows, fancy balls and ribbons. Either way, I guess they are all very beautiful.

      I think huge lollipops are a theme everyone is going with this year. My daughter and I wanted to try that, but time got away from us.

      This hub was all around festive. I love those little kids singing. That's what it's all about isn't it?? :) Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!!

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      poetryman6969 21 months ago

      I am not sure about the mutant ornaments but I like the purple Christmas tree!