Twelve Days of Christmas – Day Three: The Trees

Hi Friends,

My home is finally decked out for the holidays!  I added the ribbon to our Christmas tree today.  I went with something different this year so you’ll have to let me know what you think.  I also finished up the mini-trees in the guest room and the master.  I found the sweetest heart ornaments for our master bedroom tree.  LOVE!  In keeping with the 12 Days of Christmas series, I thought I’d give a little history on how the Christmas tree came to be symbolic and a tradition of the season.

It was the Germans who first adorned fir trees with fruit, flowers, candles and colored paper as a symbol the Paradise Tree in the Garden of Eden.  The tradition was brought to England during the mid 1800s by Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert.  You may recognize this well-known sketch of their family around the Christmas tree…

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From there, it was brought to America by the German settlers in Pennsylvania and became popular here by the late 19th century.  During the early 20th century Americans decorated their trees with homemade ornaments and garland made of popcorn, berries and nuts.  Finally, electricity made it possible for trees to glow with twinkling lights.  Trees adorned with lights appeared in towns across America, and having a tree in your home became an American tradition.

Most homes have a single Christmas tree but if you’ve met me, you know that I love decorating and a single tree just simply wouldn’t satisfy my need to do so.  OK, on to the photos I promised.

This year I went with an animal print ribbon on my main tree…

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The guest room tree is next to the Christmas Village.  I went with white, red and green berries and ribbon, and topped it off with a single poinsettia.

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The bedroom tree is my favorite this year.  SuperHouls just finished painting the bedroom a blue-gray to go with our  gray-greige color scheme.  The master bedroom was the last room to be done on the second floor.   Here’s the heart tree with a big ‘ole ribbon on top…

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Be well,

Eileen

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