Oh Christmas Tree… Oh Christmas Tree…..
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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches! In beauty green will always grow Through summer sun and winter snow. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, You are the tree most loved! How often you give us delight In brightly shining Christmas light! O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, You are the tree most loved!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, Your beauty green will teach me That hope and love will ever be The way to joy and peace for me. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, Your beauty green will teach me.
Today, Christmas Trees come in all shapes and sizes….lets explore the origins and learn how we use this Largest of our Christmas decorations to enhance our homes, offices, Churches and public spaces, celebrating the birth of Jesus.
An example of a narrow or slim tree, great for a living room and dressed in “Peacock Gone Wild”
Lets look at the definition of a Christmas tree….
A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as pine or fir, traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas. An artificial Christmas treeis an object made to resemble such a tree, usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which with electrification could also be replaced by Christmas lights. Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star may be placed at the top of the tree, to represent the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.
The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th century. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century. The Christmas tree has also been known as the “Yule-tree”, especially in discussions of its folkloristic origins.
Potted topiary trees make a nice addition to a study and this tree is dressed for a “Night on the Town”
To learn a more in depth history of the Christmas tree we found many great articles in abundance on the web one of which is as follows…
THE CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
St. Boniface Story
Why do we have a decorated Christmas Tree? In the 7th century a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, went to Germany to teach the Word of God. He did many good works there, and spent much time in Thuringia, an area which was to become the cradle of the Christmas Decoration Industry.
Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the Fir tree as God’s Tree, as they had previously revered the Oak. By the 12th century it was being hung, upside-down, from ceilings at Christmastime in Central Europe, as a symbol of Christianity.
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Here are some more examples of Christmas trees…..even an upside down tree in a tweens room!
Traditional red and green get a twist of lime green and a pop of Black and white!
Peace, Love and Christmas rocks a tweens room and even better upside down!
Although the Christmas tree believed to be totally secular by many, has much spiritual significance.
From the German paradise plays and the representation of the the tree of paradise, hung with apples and ringed with candles to represent the Garden of Eden. The angel on top of the tree represented the messenger appearing on behalf of the Christ child. The star atop the tree represents the star that guided the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Like the holly, the evergreen Christmas tree symbolizes the everlasting life Christ provided at the cross.
Take time this season to enjoy decorating your largest Christmas decoration, the Christmas tree and celebrate the true meaning of the season!
Happy decorating y’all,
Kathy and Becky