The History of Christmas Trees for Displays
The symbolism of the Christmas tree is steeped in history, with traditions varying among different cultures and religions. Here are a few interpretations:
The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life and renewal was a custom among ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews.
In Christianity, the branches and shrubs of the Christmas tree are viewed as an emblem of rebirth and immortality.
The pagan inhabitants of northern Europe would bring fir trees into their homes at Yuletide because it represented everlasting life and fertility.
Decorations such as Christmas tree lights and ornaments came to represent the stars and planets in the sky. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem, respectively, from the Biblical Nativity story.
Contemporary treatments, using modern materials and industrial processes, have led to the advent of aluminum Christmas trees, fiberglass Christmas trees, and other types of attractive, stylized Christmas trees.
Whatever its shape, size, or material, the Christmas tree remains a symbol of life, celebration, and hope across different cultures and religions worldwide.
Christmas Trees FAQs
What are the most popular species of evergreens for Christmas tree displays?
The most popular species of evergreens for Christmas tree displays are the Fraser fir, Douglas fir, white pine, and Colorado blue spruce. The Douglas fir is particularly common in the United States and is known for its soft and sweetly scented needles. Other popular fir trees used for Christmas include the noble fir and balsam fir.
What are the different types of artificial Christmas trees?
There are various types of artificial Christmas trees available in the market today. The most common materials used for creating them are Polyethylene (PE) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), as well as fiberglass, aluminum, and other materials. These materials help to create traditional, realistic, and even highly stylized Christmas trees.
Are artificial Christmas trees safe to use?
Artificial Christmas trees are generally considered safer to string lights on due to their fire-resistant materials. They can also last many years if well cared for, which could make them a more sustainable choice.
What are the advantages of artificial Christmas trees?
Artificial Christmas trees offer several advantages over “live” evergreen trees, as follows:
- Allergy-friendly: They are less likely to trigger allergic responses in sensitive individuals compared to live trees, the branches and foliage of which can sometimes cause an allergic reaction.
- Ease of Decoration: Artificial trees have a symmetry and balance that makes hanging decorations easy. Some even come pre-fitted with lights for added convenience.
- Safety: Artificial trees are made with fire-resistant materials, making them potentially safer to string lights on and reducing the risk of fire.
- No Mess: Unlike real trees, artificial ones don’t require watering, and you won’t have to deal with sweeping up fallen needles.
- Cost-effective: While the initial cost of an artificial tree may be higher than a real one, they can be reused for multiple years, saving money in the long run.
- Convenience: With an artificial tree, you can achieve a perfect look year after year without the hassle of choosing and transporting a new tree every holiday season.
Which are the tallest and shortest of the Christmas tree displays available from Christmas Night, Inc?
The tallest is the 7-foot-tall Fiberglass Christmas Tree (Item #39940). The shortest is the 48-inch-high fiberglass Cona Christmas Tree (Item #39953).