People putting up Christmas trees can be traced back to the 1500s in eastern Europe. The first recorded tree put up for Christmas can found in 1510 in Latvia and 1521 in Slovakia, according to the Christianity Today website. However, the tradition of putting trees in homes during wintertime and not just Christmas goes back even further to the pagan times. Here is everything you need to know. Why do we have Christmas trees? Using thePgreen leaves of an evergreen tree to decorate homes during wintertime started as aPPagan tradition, designed as a symbol of life amid the dark, cold winter nights. The traditionPdates back to the Roman times with them doing so usually around their New Year celebrations. PPeople in northern Europe did something similar although many placed the branches in boxes for the entirety of winter.
Early Christians were pretty reluctant to adopting the idea with one prominent christian from the second century, Tertullian, beingPquoted as saying: Let them over whom the fires of hell are imminent, affix to their posts, laurels doomed presently to burn: to them the testimonies of darkness and the omens of their penalties are suitable. You are a light of the world, and a tree ever green. If you have renounced temples, make not your own gate a temple. This stance softenedPafter missionaries spread aPlegend saying that every tree miraculously threwPoff ice and snow when Christ was born to reveal green branches, according to the Christianity Today website. Why do we decorate trees? It wasnt until the 1500s that these evergreen trees started being associated with Christmas.
The jump from being a wintertime decoration to a symbol of Christmas is believed to have come from trees being decorated in biblical and nativity plays. The plays got rowdier and rowdier and many were banned in the 16th century, leading to people starting to decorate their homes instead with a Christmas treePtaking pride of place. The tradition grew from there and eventually churches started putting decorated Christmas trees up as well. What about Christmas tree lights? When churches began putting up Christmas trees, they would often go up next to shelves stacked with candles. These candles were soon used to decorate the tree, which later evolved into putting up Christmas lights and ornaments. When should you put up a Christmas Ptree?
Christmas trees vary widely these days with some opting for real Norwegian spruces and others opting for fake plastic ones that can be pulled out of the attic each year. The Romans are said to have waited until after noon on Christmas eve to putPup a tree, but these days most either put a tree up on December 1Por the second Saturday in December. MORE: MORE:
ip: It\’s best to do this before the baubles and other decorations, so you don\’t knock them off. Now here\’s the fun bit. When hanging baubles, start from the inside of your tree and work out. PStart with plain-coloured baublesPas a base, (a cheaper, multi-pack is ideal) addingPin more decorative, expensive baubles later. P Hang the larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree to give it more depth,Pand use smaller ones balls towards the ends of the branches.
Spread them evenly and use a variety of shapes and sizes. PP If you find a bauble that you like, Mr Bartle suggests buying them in multiples of three because it will give your tree balance. Never throw out old decorations either, as they might fit your colour scheme in a few years – plus they serve as lovely memories. Having said that, don\’t adorn your tree with every decoration you can findP- be selective. P Tip: PMove expensive, glass baubles to the top P- you know what will happen to them otherwise. P Don\’t embarrass your tree and leave it without a skirt. Unless you want everyone to see your extension lead and the ugly plastic tree holder, you\’ll definitely need one. Tree skirts also catch pine needlesPif you\’ve got a real tree. P