Trimming and setting up a Christmas tree
Christmas tree: In the middle of the Christmas season with Christmas around the corner, everyone is busy doing their Christmas shopping and decorating their homes for the holidays so they can enjoy their family's Christmas traditions. Offices, shops and churches are also decorated for the Christmas season. One of the most common and beloved Christmas traditions is the hanging of a Christmas tree. Christmas trees are also a very common Christmas decoration in shops, public places and churches.
The origin of the Christmas tree
Tradition has it that the Christmas tree originated in Riga, Latvia. The Christmas legend says that a monk named Boniface used his triangular shape of an evergreen tree to explain the Trinity - that God was Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From that moment on, the Germans called the tree 'God's tree'.
In West Germany in the 16th century, evergreen trees were used in plays to represent the tree in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and they were decorated with apples. (Actually, an apple is never mentioned in the Bible as the forbidden fruit from the Grades of Eden, but that's the tradition.) However, they were called "Paradeisbaum" (Paradise trees) and were soon brought into houses and decorated with apples and other fruits to celebrate Christmas. Later dates, pretzels and nuts were also used to decorate the tree.
To add meaning to the tradition, the evergreen tree was also recognized as a symbol of eternal life because its leaves were always green. Soon candles were also added to the evergreen branches to represent the stars that would have appeared in the sky on the night of the Savior's birth and to symbolize that Jesus was the light of the world.
In addition to apples and other fruits, tradition says they also added communion wafers wrapped in gold and silver foil, which represented the fact that Jesus came into the world to save it, that like the communion bread, his body would be broken to save us from sin. Later, the waffles were replaced with cookies cut into the shapes of bells, angels, stars, and hearts. All of this adds to the tradition of the Christmas tree and how it is used in Christmas celebrations around the world today.
Trimming the tree
Many families have their own unique ways to put up the Christmas tree for the holidays. Hanging and pruning the tree is a great way to bring the family together and enjoy the Christmas holidays. There are also many excellent ideas for decorating your Christmas tree. Of course all Christmas trees look great with light on them.
When setting up your Christmas tree, the very first decision to be made is deciding exactly what kind of Christmas tree you want to decorate. There are several types of trees that are traditional holiday favorites. Some Christmas trees are considered regional favorites, but you can usually get any kind of tree you want. Pines are always a good choice and the three that stand out are the Noble, Douglas, and Frasier Firs. The branches of these spruces are usually very full and they smell wonderful. The blue spruce is an excellent choice as the spruce for the same reasons. Some pines are also very good for Christmas decorations.
When decorating your Christmas tree, you should consider using both garlands and tinsel to add color and fill in the gaps of your Christmas tree, making your Christmas tree look fuller. The good thing about slingshot and tinsel is that it's relatively cheap, something you don't usually hear on vacation. Another great thing about garland and tinsel is that it comes in a wide variety of colors, which means you should be able to find your favorite Christmas colors with ease. One drawback to garland and tinsel is that it is flammable, so be careful when hanging these items from your tree.
Most people who grew up in families where celebrating Christmas and trimming the tree in particular is a very important tradition tend to hang a lot of heirloom decorations from the trees. It is always a good idea to decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments that are important to the family and have sentimental value. Be careful with these types of tree decorations, as they are often very fragile. Many of the older Christmas decorations are made of glass or some type of ceramic, although they can be made of other materials as well.
If you have to buy Christmas decorations, there are a number of things to consider before making your purchases. The first thing to think about is how safe they will be, and that question is usually answered by whether or not you have children. Kids love to play with ornaments, especially if they are favorite cardboard characters or the like, and in this case, plastic ornaments are a safe bet. Glass ornaments are of course very beautiful and come in many shapes, colors and sizes and if your kids are older or if you don't have them they are safe and a great investment.
In addition to store-bought and heirloom ornaments, handmade ornaments are also great and can be very meaningful. Check out a crafting website for great ideas for handmade ornaments.
However you decide to decorate and trim your Christmas tree, you can make it a special occasion that you as a family will love and look forward to for many years to come. For ideas for games and ideas and other activities around the Christmas tree, visit Creative Christmas Ideas