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All About Christmas Trees

Throughout the ages, Christmas has evolved to what it is today. Along the way, many things have become traditions that are as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus and Christmas Mass.

Below are some interesting articles on some of the little things that help make Christmas such a wonderful holiday, and the stories behind them.

Be sure to also check out our other Christmas Article Sections:

The History of Christmas | All About Santa | Christmas Trees | Christmas Traditions


Christmas Tree Articles


Choosing A Christmas tree - One of the most basic and well-loved of Yuletide traditions is the selection and decoration of the Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is the most recognizable of all symbols associated with the festive season. We all take great care to select the best tree we can find and place that beautiful and fragrant evergreen tree in our living rooms at home and lobbies of our offices. Everyone likes to attend Christmas tree lightings in small towns and also cities. And needless to say every kid waits breathlessly for Santa to deliver their presents on Christmas Eve.

If you’re a traditionalist, and have decided in favor of the real tree as opposed to the artificial kind, then the first task for you is to determine what kind of tree you want and where you should head to get it.

Nowadays, most people who wish to have the real evergreen tree just have to visit a commercial Christmas tree farm or nursery, or they can also buy it from a vendor in a market who has the tree shipped from some farm or nursery.  Read More...


The First Christmas tree - Ah the Christmas tree? Nothing catches your attention like a Christmas tree.  Just watching the expressions and listening to the “ohh’s and “ahh’s  of the people who enter stores, restaurants, or homes where the grand Christmas tree is standing tells you there is just something about that Christmas tree.  Why do we enjoy our Christmas tree and just what is it about it that fascinates us so?

In ancient time, the tree was used in rituals to celebrate the fertility of the nature gods as far back as 300 A.D.  However the first record of a Christian Christmas tree was in the 7th century when a monk from Devonshire was commissioned to teach the word of God in Germany.  The parable tells us that he used the triangular shape of the fir tree as a teaching tool to illustrate the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Read More...


The Artificial Christmas Tree - When it comes to Christmas trees, the artificial Christmas tree really never gets its due. For example, of all the classic Christmas episodes of television programs how many times have you ever seen the cast of characters rally around an artificial tree? This is definitely enough to give an artificial tree an inferiority complex! Of course, artificial trees certainly aren’t that bad. If they were they would never have survived as long as they did and they have been around a long, long time. In fact, they have been around a lot longer than most people would think. 

The first artificial Christmas trees first appeared in Germany in the 1800’s and was made of dyed goose feathers and was generally very small in size. (The reason these trees were designed was because of concerns over deforestation resulting from random harvesting of trees) Thanks to the people at the Sears & Roebuck Company, these trees were introduced into the United States in 1913. Eventually, paint brush companies picked up on this concept and started to produce artificial trees where the bristles of the “tree” were made by the same bristles used to make brushes. These trees proved wildly popular as the public found a number of benefits in them. The popularity of these trees continued to expand over the years despite the fact that these trees never really did get a fair shake in popular culture. Then again, there is a difference between perceived images and the benefits that are present in actual reality. Read More...


Ten Tips For Decorating A Christmas tree - With the holiday season coming up, everyone has some thoughts about how they want their Christmas tree to look like this year. You can follow certain helpful tips which could enable you to develop a nice and unique look for your tree, which will make it look different from those of your neighbors’ and yet add charm to your home. The beautifully made up trees in hotel lobbies and malls are a great inspiration for decorating your tree at home. Read More...


More Christmas Tree Tips - It’s that time of year again, you know putting up a Christmas tree.  Did we hear a groan?  Maybe this can help with the choosing of your tree.

Measure the door and the wall where the tree will go.  It makes sense that if you have a 6 foot ceiling, a 7 foot tree won’t fit.  Same principle with the width of your door, if your door is only 5 feet wide, keep the tree a little thinner.  I know this sounds logical, but you wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard people say in the store “oh it will fit.” Only to have them come back with the brute, and I get the tree for 25% off.

Decide if you want a real live tree or an artificial tree.  A live tree is nice, has a great smell to it, brings the outdoors into your indoors and neighbors will praise you for the natural way you are celebrating Christmas.  However, live trees need to be watered daily and though they still get watered they drop needles like nobody’s business and, bugs sometimes live in these things and come out by the droves because the dead tree is not given them the nourishment they need. Read More...


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