Written by Marilyn Pokorney

Modern day Christmas trees originated in the 19th century Britain by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. During the Victorian era trees were the focus of celebration and were decorated with toys, cakes, bonbons and other sweet treats.

Young women in the households made decorations from paper, silk, feathers, and lace to hold the treats.

After 1865 glass trinkets, wire ornaments were began in Germany.

By the 1880's Woolworth's sold commercially produced Xmas tree ornaments.

In the early years real silver tinsel was used for Christmas decorating and the modern version was began in the 1950's. Spiders are sometime given credit for building webs in trees which sparkled in the morning dew and sunlight which inspired the invention of tinsel.

In America fake trees gained popularity early in the twentieth century but not in Britain until the 1950's. While plastic and aluminum were the trees of choice in America, the UK had a penchant for feather trees in the 1920's which quickly disappeared by the 1930's.

Originally in Victorian times candles were used for lights on trees. The invention of electricity brought fairy lights to America in the mid 1880's. By the 1920's candles were rarely used.

President Franklin Pierce brought the first Christmas tree in the White House during the mid-1850's. President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.

The fairy at the top of the Christmas tree was originally a little figure of the baby Jesus.

Christmas tree farms originated during the depression. Nurserymen found that they could make a profit by cutting evergreens for Christmas trees when they couldn't sell them for landscaping.

But all Christmas trees were not started as a symbol of Christianity.

The Egyptians, Romans, Druids, and other cultures regarded the tree as a symbol of life. They brought green branches into their homes on the Winter Solstice as a symbol of life's triumph over death.

Druid priests decorated oak trees with golden apples for their winter solstice agricultural festivities.

In the middle ages, evergreen trees were decorated with red apples on December 24 as the symbol of the Feast of Adam and Eve.

Even today, Christmas trees are unique to individual countries.

In Brazil where Christmas occurs during the summer, pine trees are decorated with little pieces of cotton to represent falling snow.

In Greenland Christmas trees have to be imported because no trees live this far north.

In South Africa, Christmas is a summer holiday. Instead of trees, windows are often draped with sparkling cotton, wool, and tinsel.

And in the Ukraine a Christmas tree is not complete unless it has a spider and web for good luck.

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Marilyn Pokorney
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environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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Written by Bill Prudehome

You've spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your landscaping, and as long as there is daylight, everyone is truly impressed. However, as dusk falls and the light fades all of the sweat that you invested disappears into the night. The proper placement and design of outdoor lighting not only shows your efforts when there is no natural sunlight, but it will enhance the features even more.

The purpose of landscape lighting is:

  • Provide safety and security,
  • Enhance the look and appearance of the landscaping.
  • The purpose is not to create "daylight".

    There are 8 types of landscape lighting:

    Down Lighting – placing spot or flood lights in high position on your home or in a tree pointing downward will provide a very soft effect.

    Up Lighting – mounting fixtures, spot, flood, or in ground lights on the ground or ground surface pointing upwards will accent a specific object.

    Cross Lighting – using spot or flood lights mounted on your home a tree, or fence so that they the light is horizontal will create an array of soft but interesting shadows.
    Shadowing – intentionally creating shadows, such as having a tree of shrub appear on a wall, can truly make a wondrous scene. This can be accomplished with the appropriate use of spot, flood and in-ground fixtures.
    Silhouetting – silhouetting is the technique of placing a spot, flood or in ground light installed behind an object such as a tree or bush.

    Accent Lighting – provides definition as it is the application of intense light aimed at a specific object, contrasting the lit object against the dark night background. To accomplish accent lighting install spot lights as either cross or up lighting.

    Spread Lighting – creates a spherical pattern of light and should be used to highlight groups of flowers or shrubs. The best method to accomplish this is to use flood down lighting.

    Grazing Light – to enhance and display the texture of a tree or shrub, position a spot light so that it just illuminates the outside fringe of the object.

    Successful landscape lighting is not an overly expensive project if you invest some time in proper planning.

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    Written by Viral A. Kayasth

    Today, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth changed the whole world — and He can change our life. His mother was the Virgin Mary. Since fact is that, When Jesus was born, some people welcomed Him & Pray for him. In Acutal, People Celebrate Christmas Holiday in the memory of Christ Jesus.

    Now a Day, 'Santa Claus' has become the human face of Christmas. Pictures will be seen everywhere of the old man with long white beard, red coat, and bag of toys. Children are taught that he brings them presents the night before Christmas and many children up to the age of 7 or 8 really believe this is true.

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    From November onwards, it is impossible to forget that Christmas is coming. Colored lights decorate many town centers and shops, along with shiny decorations, and artificial snow painted on shop windows. People search for the free time to purchase Christmas Shopping from Online Store's to decorate their place.

    Christmas Decoration and Christmas Ornaments plays major role in Christmas Celebration. People loved to decorate their house for Christmas in a elegant manner with different look and for that they liked to purchase Christmas Ornaments Words, Signs, Bells, Snowman, Snowflake, Western Ornaments, Victorian Ornaments, Traditional Christmas Ornaments, Silver Ornaments, Santa Christmas Ornaments, Religious Ornaments.

    Most homes will also be decorated with Christmas trees, colored lights and paper or plastic decorations around the rooms. These days, many more people also decorate garden trees or house walls with colored electric lights, a habit which has long been popular in USA. They like to Visit the Christmas Shops for Jewel Christmas Ornaments, Hunting Ornaments, Fishing Ornaments, Gold Ornaments, Candy Ornaments, Fruit Ornaments, Bright Christmas Ornaments, Birds Ornaments, Angel Ornaments.

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    Written by Enid Edginton

    You may not realize this but the history of christmas trees did not begin in America, England or even Germany. In fact America was one of the last continents to catch on to the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree. The history of christmas trees begins long before the birth of Christ and even before the Egyptian civilizations.

    Many historians and anthropologists agree that the history of christmas trees begins in post-primeval times, just as agricultural societies were developing across the globe. Christmas did not exist. It was simply, in one culture or another, a pagan celebration of the winter solstice. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year which usually occurs on the 22nd or 23rd of December. The boughs of evergreen trees were brought indoors to protect inhabitants from the evil spirits that could cause starvation and illness.

    Ancient peoples also scattered evergreen boughs over their floors, doors and around the windows. In fact, the tradition of hanging an evergreen garland comes from the tradition of hanging evergreens over the mantelpiece to keep witches, ghosts and spirits from traveling down the chimney and into the house.

    Evergreen boughs were also used to keep away illness. Scents such as pine, juniper and balsam are still used by aromatherapists today to fend off illness and winter depression.

    Even the ancient Egyptians were thought to play a role in the history of christmas trees. Of course there were no evergreen forests in ancient Egypt but during the solstice they filled their homes with palm rushes to protect themselves from evil and celebrate the return of their Sun God Ra.

    European and Mediterranean cultures also have episodes in the long saga that is part of the history of christmas trees. On the solstice, known as Saturnalia, the Romans decorated their homes with evergreen boughs. This honored the God Saturn whose domain was agriculture. Further north, the Celtic Druids used evergreens on the darkest day of the year to symbolize eternal life. These trees were not decorated as we know them today. They were not much more decorative than the famous Charlie brown christmas tree. This is because the function of these evergreen boughs was more protective than celebratory.

    By the 12th century indoor trees were brought inside. Nobody is sure why but originally Christmas trees were hung upside-down from ceilings at Christmastime. This was a popular custom in Central Europe. The upside down tree was seen as both as a symbol of Christianity and a pagan symbol. At that point Christianity was not wide spread and the tree may have been a nod to both pagan and Christian traditions.

    It is widely believed that the history of the Christmas tree as we know it began in Germany in the sixteenth century. However few people realize that the tree was not brought inside and that in fact, the first decorated christmas tree was a pyramid made of wood. These German indoor pyramids were decorated with boughs and candles. Often jars of pickles were set on the steps. The pyramid shape was not a direct inspiration from ancient Egypt but rather, the triangular shape was thought to represent the three points of the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    The person credited with adding lighted candles to a real tree is Martin Luther – a German Protestant reformer who lived in the mid 1600s. The legend is that he was inspired to do so by the sight of stars in the night sky peeking through the limbs of an evergreen while he was on a walk.

    The next big development in the history of christmas trees was tinsel. Tinsel was invented in Germany around 1610. At that time, tinsel was made of real silver and it tarnished easily thanks to the smoke from the christmas tree candles. Silver was used for tinsel right up to the mid-20th century when it was replaced by aluminum.

    The history of christmas trees was non-existent in America until about the 1840s. They were sometimes displayed as curios in traveling sideshows. The christmas tree decorating ritual was considered sacrilegious for most of the 17th and 18th century. It was seen as a mockery of the sober celebration of the birth of Christ. In fact in 1659, people were fined for hanging decorations. This law continued until the 19th century when the tradition was brought more into common practice by German and Irish immigrants to the United States. The practice was also made more acceptable when Queen Victoria decided to make a right side up floor-to-ceiling xmas tree part of her d飯r in 1846.

    One difference between European customs and American customs seemed to be that Europeans were more inclined to decorate their trees with food, cookies and candies (and even pickles!) whereas Americans were more into glitzy decorations. Also the European christmas trees tended to be shorter (three to four feet in height) while the Americans preferred their trees to be sky-high. Both cultures however enjoyed decorating their trees with garlands of popcorns and electric lights.

    In the 1950s America saw the advent of the first artificial christmas trees. This event was celebrated by Charles M. Schulz famous fable about the Charlie brown Christmas tree. In this fable Charlie Brown is told by Linus, Lucy and Shroeder to go out and find the biggest flashiest aluminum tree to use as a decoration for their Christmas play. Instead Brown falls in love with the most pathetic tree ever and finds the true meaning of Christmas. You can buy a replica of this type of tree which is often called the "pathetic charlie brown christmas tree" online. True to the original cartoon, the tree boasts just one red Christmas ball ornament on a single bare limb.

    The argument about which is better – a fake christmas tree or a real christmas tree still rages on today. The most recent development in the history of Christmas trees is the return of the upside down christmas tree, which is disapproved by the church just as it was in the sixteenth century. If history keeps repeating itself the next trend we will see in xmas trees is the ancient wooden pyramids that served as artificial trees in pagan times.

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