Friday, December 23, 2005

The Origins of the Christmas Tree - Part 3

Christmas trees sat on tables until the late 1800’s. Each family member had a tree on the table and his or her gifts were placed around their own tree. They began to stand on the floor and came in larger varieties and sizes. Soon manufactured trees began appearing.

The tree wavered in popularity due to times of mourning for Queen Victoria, wars, and hard times. Large trees were decorated and erected in public places to help the morale of the people during the hard times.

Live Christmas trees are still very popular, and what fun it is to go and tag your tree early in the fall and have it ready to be picked up on your specified date. It can be a family tradition with each member looking for the “perfect” tree.

Manufactured trees have gained popularity due to their convenience. These perfectly shaped trees can be put up and taken down without a single needle dropping into the carpet. They are so natural-looking that many times it fools everyone. You can even buy pine sprays to put on your tree to make it smell real.

The newest item is the already-lit Christmas tree. This was a brilliant idea and simplified life for many households. All you need to do is set up the tree, plug it in and then decorate it. No more messing with strings of tangled lights and wrapping them around the tree.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas as you and your family gather around your own Christmas tree and share stories and memories of Christmases past.

Come back tomorrow for the final Christmas tree post - The Perfect Tree.

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