Holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner and decorations are beginning to show up all around our valley. Everything from Christmas lights to animated lawn decorations will be on full display from now until the new year.
Decorating the Christmas tree is a tradition near and dear to my heart as it is something that my family and I look forward to doing each year! Weather you plan on reusing your artificial tree this year or taking a drive out to the lot to find “the perfect one”, you can’t go wrong with either choice. The history of the Christmas tree has a rather unique and interesting history. Long before the advent of Christianity, it was said that all plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Long ago, many people around the world hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. It was believed that these evergreens would keep away evil spirits as well as illness.
Around December 21st or 22nd in the Northern hemisphere, we experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year in what is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become weak or sick. Celebrating the solstice meant that the sun god would begin to heal and get well meaning that plants would grow again and turn green, hence the significance of the Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Facts:
- Christmas trees has been sold commercially here in the United States since 1850.
- The trees are grown in all 50 states even in Alaska and Hawaii.
- 98% of Christmas trees are grown on farms.
- In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.