The “Christmas” Tree is the center of millions of homes during the winter holidays. Families all over the world gather around the tree to decorate it with varying ornaments, pictures, and even food! We did a little bit of research to bring you the evolution of the beloved Christmas Tree!
Origins – Germany (700s)
The great country of Germany is accredited with the advent of the first Christmas Tree. Around the 700s Christians began to bring decorated trees into their homes to celebrate the day they dedicated to the birth of Jesus. Eventually, they added things like candles to the trees, much like the lights we use today.
America – The 19th Century
When Germans colonized the Pennslyvania region of the now United States, they brought holiday trees with them. The tradition slowly began to spread on to other colonists. The decorations were just about everything people could find. The evergreen branches provided the perfect resting place for toys, dolls, wooden toys, and other decorative creations. Although the first saw this German tradition as unconventional, the Americans gradually took up the practice after they found out it was popular among the British Royalty. Around the 1880s, wooden ornaments were sold exclusively for the trees, and tinsel was another popular decoration among the colonists.
The 20th Century
You know them and you love them! The fake tree has arrived! While many held onto the old tradition of having a real tree, anyone allergic to pine or vacuum cleaners welcomed the oncoming of plastic tree practice. Electric lights and plastic ornaments adorned the branches, and Rockefeller Center displayed their first ever public tree in 1931, undecorated.
Today, the most notable change is the mainstream practice of “themed” trees. Many household trees are styled with color coordination and meticulous design. Families wrap the holiday trees in ribbons and some even hire “tree designers” who professionally decorate holiday trees.
Holiday trees, in reality, have not changed all that much over such a long period of time. The trees are still a face for families and friends to gather to spend time together, reflect on happy times, and make new memories. From us here at Energy Assault, enjoy the holidays!