The Christmas Tree

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The Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The Christmas tree is often brought into a home, but can also be used in the open, and can be decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands and tinsel during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Germany in the 16th century.

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As a pre-teen youth I can remember all the fuss surrounding getting the Christmas tree, going to choose it, all the gentle arguments surrounding that choice then getting it into the car (not always easy) or tying I to the roof to get it home again.

Then there was everything involved in getting it decorated, checking the lights to see if they worked (we owned one set that only recently stopped working). All the questions about did we need any new decorations for our tree, we normally bought at least one new decoration each year. Then there was the care took in hanging on our more treasured decorations, ones that were given to us by long  departed family members etc.

Finally, once our mum was happy with it, we gently moved it to it’s allocated spot in the room, normally in front of a window, so that it would light up the living room from early December through to early January. Mum would insist that it be lit from breakfast through to bedtime every day.

Nearer Christmas relatives would visit, placing wrapped parcels ‘mistakenly delivered’ to the wrong house by Santa under it, all leading up to Christmas morning itself. Santa had visited (obviously) and left us kids plenty of toys, clothes and one year bicycles.

As a parent I have great memories of doing exactly the same for my kids, I just hope we gave our kids enough happy memories of family Christmases to give their kids the same happy memories of their Christmas tree.



  1. Raven

     /  December 23, 2010

    I’ll bet the children are filled with happy memories, just like you!
    Wishing you the best this season….Ravenxox

  2. lovely memories.

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