Different Types of Christmas Trees

The tradition of Christmas trees in America came from German immigrants who had settled in Pennsylvania. It is believed that the tradition of Christmas trees started in Germany from as early as 700 A.D and was practiced by many Germans in the 1800s.

It's also since that period that Christmas trees have also been available for sale in the United States. While artificial Christmas trees are popular, many people like to have a fresh Christmas tree in their homes, or outside on their lawns. And similar to all other trees, Christmas trees also have different shapes and qualities that make some types more popular than others.

Along with other decorative Christmas items such as wreaths and garlands, having a Christmas tree in your home is very essential in creating a special atmosphere for the season. It is believed that Christmas trees have been available for sale in America since the 1800s, which is about the same time that the former Woolworth's department store started selling ready-made ornaments for Christmas trees.

Choosing the right type of Christmas tree is important because Christmas trees are often a focal point for many family activities and traditions. Given the many types of Christmas trees that are available, it is important to think about how the tree will be used.

While a tall tree may look very elegant, it may not be suitable if there aren't many adults around who can reach the tree's heights. And a very short tree may be dwarfed by other furniture in the room. It's therefore very important to carefully consider and get a tree that has a suitable height and also one that has sturdy branches to hold heavy ornaments.

Artificial and real Christmas trees can often be bought from the same retail stores these days as local businesses and retail chain stores often sell both types of trees. The best place to get a real and fresh Christmas tree, and also to see a wide variety, is likely a Christmas tree farm however. Using modern technology, both types of trees can also be obtained through online transactions, via telephone as well as by mail-order through catalogs.

Among Christmas trees there are certain types that are always favorites and which are bestsellers. These include: Douglas, Fraser, Noble and Balsam firs, and Scotch, Virginia and white pine trees.

These evergreen trees all have all have one or more excellent features related to shape, color or sheen and fragrance, which makes them favorites for Christmas trees.

The most favorite Christmas trees basically have a pyramid or cone shape. A pyramid-shaped tree is likely taller and has somewhat of an elegant look. Douglas Fir, which ranks first among Christmas tree favorites, is an example of a pyramid-shaped tree. Other examples are Fraser, Balsam and Noble firs. A cone shape tree tends to be short with dense branches, which makes them excellent for holding many ornaments and other decorations.

Families that have a strong tradition of making their own ornaments, or putting mementos on Christmas trees may consider a cone-shaped tree. Virginia and Scotch Pines, Norway Spruce and the Eastern White Pine all have cone shapes.

Another feature that makes Christmas trees appealing is their color. While all trees have a green appearance, a closer look at their needles will reveal differences such as a bright or dark-green, blue-green or yellowish-green hue. The needles may also emit a silvery sheen with the right lighting. Fraser and Noble firs both have needles with a silvery sheen, and the branches of both trees are also used for garlands and wreaths.

Most people choose a fresh Christmas tree for its fragrance, which can be fairly strong or just subtle, giving off just enough of a whiff of scent. Douglas Fir, which is the most popular Christmas tree in homes and public places, is a very fragrant tree. The Balsam fir is also fairly fragrant. The Eastern White Pine is however, a tree that doesn't have much fragrance.

Whether you have a favorite type of Christmas tree or will choose one from its appearance, there are many choices to satisfy the desire to have a fragrant and well-decorated tree for Christmas.


                                  Christmas Tree Decoration Tips

 When we think of Christmas, we think of lights, snow (even if we are in the south), Santa Clause, the nativity and, of course, we think of Christmas trees. Christmas tree decorations will overtake entire sections of stores during the holiday season.

People will inevitably flock to those stores to purchase Christmas decorations for their homes and yards and they will buy tons of Christmas tree decorations and lights. Christmas tree decorations can come in many shapes and sizes.

Some companies will release themed Christmas decorations, or special edition Christmas decorations while others just mass produce low cost characters, balls and other ornaments.

Some people even use bows or candles to decorate their trees. Some families have ornaments that have been passed down for generations and are family keepsakes. This makes the Christmas tree even more special.

Another option is to feature homemade Christmas decorations. If you are crafty, you may fashion ornaments from dough, paper or balsa wood. If you can sew or do yarn work like crochet or knitting you can make some lovely ornaments.

You can even purchase some Styrofoam balls covered with satin thread and pin beads to them in interesting designs. Some families allow their children to make homemade Christmas decorations from dough that they bake in the oven and then paint. These ornaments, when paired with a popcorn and cranberry tinsel make a homey tree that is personal to and a special memory for the entire family.



                     A Brief Look at Christmas Ornaments

One of the most peace emanating symbols in the world is the image of the Christmas tree which celebrates the birth of the Lord through an iconic symbol of peace and good will.

The classic image of the celebrated Christmas tree, however,Christmas Tree decorations looses much of its symbolism when it is not adorned with the many classic Christmas ornaments that elevate the tree above being just a common pine tree.  

It is commonly believed that it was the protestant reformer Martin Luther who was the first person to have come up with the idea of decorating a tree with Christmas ornaments, but it is not truly known if this is true or if an origin was ‘invented’ so as to fit in with one’s culture.

Christmas tree origins derived from the ancient Egyptians who worshiped it as a symbol of fertility. Later on, other pagan civilizations would borrow the worship of the pine tree.

Eventually, the pine tree became a symbol of Christianity whose origins are traced to the legend of St. Boniface chopping down oak trees as they were commonly worshiped by pagans. When a pine tree grew on the place where the oaks stood, the Christmas tree was born.

In Germany, in the middle ages, when evergreen pine trees were brought into church to celebrate Christmas, it become customary to hang apples from the trees as Christmas ornaments. Later on, paper cut outs were used as Christmas ornaments when people started bringing the trees into their own residence. (Apples, of course, will start to spoil after a couple days and this certainly wouldn’t look nice in the home)

Eventually, in the 1800’s in America, Christmas ornaments were sold in novelty stores and, in their first year in the marketplace, sold in excess of $20 million dollars! This easily cemented Christmas ornaments as a staple of the holiday season.

Sales are still going strong nearly 200 years later!                             


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