I am so happy that it's Christmastime! I absolutely love, love, this time of year. There is something about this time of year that fills me with joy and fond memories. I love all that goes with it, the decorating, searching for the perfect gift, waiting for Christmas Eve, gathering with family and friends, the smell of apples and cinnamon and of course, getting the Christmas tree.
First, a little history. According to history.com:
"Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it, in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.
The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans. It is not surprising that, like many other festive Christmas customs, the tree was adopted so late in America.
In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable—not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived." read more: http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees
I just love Christmas trees. We have always had a real tree but I think I will be switching to a live tree next year. I say this every year and then I don't do it, but mark my words - live tree next year.
For now, I have my real tree all ready to be decorated. We usually get our tree the day after Thanksgiving, put it up and leave it for a few days to open up fully before decorating it.
Decorating the tree is really a joy to me. It's almost like therapy. I take my time, I look at the ornaments and I remember where it came from, or who gave it to me. There's a memory with just about every one. Many of my ornaments were given to me as gifts, some by my mom, some were made by my son, or my niece and nephews, or friends and family, past and present. They are special to me.
My tree does not have a particular theme but if I had to choose one, I'd say "folk arty". I have found some examples of themed Christmas trees for you to use as a guide for your tree. There are so many themes to choose from. You could do a color themed tree, for example, everything blue, or red or white. Or you could do an all Disney tree if you have kids. Or you can do a country style tree in all mauves and burgundy. Be creative!
Enjoy these examples, click the link, picture or title for more great ideas.
NATURAL Tree (my style)
Check back next week for part two of CRAZY FOR CHRISTMAS!
It's me, just trying to get by.