Over the last few days I’ve seen an influx of Christmas tree related posts across social media. Which makes a change from the wedding and baby photos I’m so used to seeing! I actually enjoy looking at everyone’s Christmas trees, but one thing I have noticed this year is that everyone has very different tastes.
Some go for the simplistic baubles and lights on black or white tree and others prefer the scattered approach of fit as much on as possible. I like to look at all of them, in a way they a little like a piece of art in everyone’s home.
I have a few simple rules when it comes to my tree which is why we have two, one for all and one for Mum labelled “DO NOT TOUCH”. Firstly I don’t like coloured lights on my tree or too much tinsel – unless the tinsel is the thick kind. Secondly I like it to feature all aspects of Christmas from the children’s home made decorations to the more traditional elements.
My Christmas Tree
But what I want to know is the history of trees because in some ways it is a little strange chopping down a tree and bringing it in doors, who thought of such a thing?
The History of the Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree has been used to celebrate Christmas for centuries. It is the idea of ‘evergreen’ that has inspired the use of the tree. Romans used fir tree’s to decorate temples and Christians used it as a symbol of ever lasting life.
Many pictures from the 1500’s show trees being paraded around the streets of Germany. Others display the Christmas trees being hung from ceilings in place of chandeliers!
Decorations varied with people using whatever they could find like candles, fresh fruit and paper. I can’t imagine we moved away from candles! In Germany trees were decorated with gingerbread and other edible decorations.
There are many stories about the history of the Christmas tree but it seems that no one knows the true story.
If you’re looking for Christmas tree inspiration try your local garden centre!