They’re everywhere – tall, short, green, gold, silver and blue!
We all express our personalities via the arrangement of colours and lovely ornaments and ribbons on our Christmas Trees.
Have you gone traditional or modern?
I have mine to buy and dress up – I usually have lots of creams, ambers and golds.
There has to be hundreds of warm gold lights too!
As a child I used to feel such a glow inside whenever I saw a Christmas tree stood in the homes of the huge houses I would pass when on a stroll with friends to see how many we could spot during our free time on a weekend. We had a tree at home, an imitation tree. We never had a real tree. Real trees with huge glass baubles, tinsel all the trimmings were not a feature in our home, only those where the parents both worked. Ours stood in the corner of the lounge. Streamers hung in cascades all across the ceiling however, so the room was always well decorated.
Do you prefer a real tree, or have you gone for an imitation tree?
What colour have you chosen?
What theme do you prefer?
The presence of those multi coloured lights static or flickering can all greatly enhance the room’s ambience and there appears to be this year, even more outdoor lights in little villages, towns and cities – all helping to create a greater uplift for all who admire when passing.
Is your tree blessed with a Pine aroma? Do you arrange bouquets of hanging cinnamon, orange, cloves, apples?
I feel the Christmas Tree represents too, our spirituality. When dressing the tree, we express our love and creative expression of our own spirit, when adorning with lights, the need to have light in our homes, the light of God, and also the treats, the gifts, for us to exercise the need for sharing with others. There is something magical, for us adults, at this family time, but more so for the children whose eyes gaze upon the Tree in awesome wonder.
So, when did the tradition of Christmas Trees first begin?
Here is a little about the reason why the magical Christmas Tree entered into our lives:
Long before the advent of Christianity, ancient people would decorate their homes with pine, spruce and fir trees during the winter – much like we do today. In many countries at this time, many believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits and illness.
In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22, and is called the winter solstice. The Ancient Egyptians would celebrate this time by filling their homes with green palm rushes which symbolised for them the triumph of life over death.
Early Romans also marked the Solstice by host a great feast and decorating their homes and temples with evergreen boughs, as did Northern Europe’s mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts.
Even the fierce Vikings in Scandinavia got involved with the festivities, and believed that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder.
Despite this history, it is Germany however, who is credited with the tradition that we know and love today. It was during the 16th Century that Christians brought decorated trees into their home.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert introduced the Christmas Tree into their homes, in the early 1800’s and soon the fashion spread right across the UK and America, becoming the established tradition it is today.
Switch off your lights, one evening, take a look at your Christmas Tree, stand back, and see why perhaps you have chosen that particular colour scheme.
Why have you chosen the ornaments and trinkets, tinsel and lights? Do they have significant meaning? memory? or purpose?
What emotions are stirred when you gaze upon it’s beauty?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your love and support over these past ten years in my business and I wish everyone of you the very best Christmas ever! I look forward to sharing in your joy of 2018!