The Christmas season is coming soon and you can already glimpse the first signs that announce the arrival of this magical atmosphere of celebration: traditional sweets, melodious songs and Christmas decorations have the power to transmit joy and serenity within each family. In fact, Christmas is the day when there is only room for positive thoughts and, for this reason, everyone prefers to spend this wonderful party in a pleasant atmosphere doing some fun and relaxing things like, for example, decorating the artificial christmas trees. This very accurate and detailed operation, in fact, represents a moment of union and happiness within each family, especially for the little ones who are impatient and euphoric to discard the presents under the tree. Following are some small and simple tips that will help you decorate your Christmas tree in the best way, making it unique and special.
When you decide to decorate a Christmas tree, the first step to do is the application of Christmas lights. The latter, in fact, must be arranged in a homogeneous and compact way on the tree choosing, depending on your style and preference, between the spiral or zigzag decoration. Once inserted, moreover, it is advisable to turn them on to verify that no shadow zones have been created on the tree that makes it look empty. Another important thing is also to make sure that the lights are not visible once the arrangement is finished: for this reason, it is advisable to place it between the branches and place it behind special decorations. Christmas lights are different depending on the color and musicality chosen. For those who do not like particularly bright colors, they could opt for a neutral color, such as, for example, white lights that create a not too contrasting effect with the other decorations.
Enrich the tree with Christmas decorations
After having achieved the first passage, it is possible to continue decorating the tree with a number of Christmas decorations such as bows, colored balls, ribbons, snowmen, Santa Claus men, little bells, sweets, colorful flowers, and many other personalized items. Furthermore, to arrange them in the right way, it is advisable to place the smaller ones in the upper part of the tree, gradually adding the larger ones towards the lower ends of the tree. The arrangement of the decorations varies according to the subjective taste of a person and that is why they can be positioned in any order, without following a logical and perfect scheme. If you do not prefer a tree of a single shade, moreover, it is advisable to avoid the combination of two objects of the same color in order to create a lively arrangement of colors.
Redefine the tree with colored cords and ribbons
To perfectly finish the decoration of the chosen Christmas tree, it is advisable to add a series of special objects that can give it a touch of class and unique and special style such as: the addition of colored ribbons to donate to the tree a more cheerful look, colorful chains or small bells that match the chosen decorations.
The most famous types of Christmas tree
For those who love to decorate their Christmas tree themed, you can choose from a wide range of Christmas trees on the market and each year represent the best-selling items to celebrate this wonderful day. Below are the most challenging Christmas trees most loved by customers. The tree made with roses made of crepe paper is chosen above all by people who love an elegant and accurate style. To make roses, you need to cut small rectangles of crepe paper and fold the 1/3 side. Finally, to create the spiral shape of the rose, it is necessary to wrap the crepe paper on itself. The tree made with dried fruit, which is one of the favorite trees of lovers of a simple and lively style.
The tree full of pouches loved especially by the little ones
The tree made of bidder Meier decorations, refined and artistic, of which the decorations are made by hand using simple and natural materials such as beads, pine cones, anise and beech seeds, and coffee beans. The tradition of the Christmas tree, for many years, was particularly popular in German-speaking Europe, as was the custom of the Christmas markets, but it has long been widespread also in the Catholic world. For some scholars, the fir tree was chosen by the Christians among all the evergreen trees for its triangular shape, which would represent the Holy Trinity. The spruce historically decorated as a Christmas tree is an evergreen conifer with the botanical name of Picea excels, widespread throughout northern and central Europe. It has a characteristic conical crown with branches that start from the trunk horizontally, perfect for supporting decorations. Its leaves are dark-green pointed needles, produces pine cones containing fruits and can reach a height of 40-50 meters. In modern times, the artificial tree is used more, with less environmental impact if it is used for many years, and certainly more practical. It is usually prepared a few weeks before Christmas, often on the day of the Immaculate Conception, and placed after the holidays. Customs are distributed at the feet of the packages containing Christmas gifts, waiting to be discarded on Christmas Eve. From the times of the times, for different cultures and religions, the tree is a symbol of life and many legends have developed on the origin of the Christmas tree. One of these legends tells that on a cold Christmas night a lumberjack was returning home, when suddenly he stopped looking at the sky, enchanted by the vision of the stars that shone through the branches of a fir-tree covered with snow. To explain to his wife the show just seen, when he arrived home, he cut a small fir tree, brought it inside and adorned it with candles and festoons to reproduce the effect of the stars and snow on the branches. Another legend is that of the miracle performed by Bishop Winfried, ( declared San Bonifacio after his death);while he was a missionary in Germany, he stopped the sacrifice of a little prince by some pagan worshipers of an oak tree, broke down the oak, and in its place appeared a fir tree, which he explained was the tree of life, representing Jesus Christ. There are several northern European cities that proclaim themselves the headquarters of the first Christmas tree, one of these being Riga, where there is a plaque in eight languages dating back to 1510, which celebrates the “first New Year tree”. Another is Tallinn in Estonia, where in 1441, a large fir tree was erected in the town hall square, around which young men and women danced in search of a soul mate.
But for many centuries before, on the occasion of the winter solstice festival, a large evergreen tree was adorned with garlands to celebrate the return of the sun and the rebirth of nature. The Druids, Celtic priests, honored the fir-tree in various ceremonies and the Romans, at the Calends of January, gave it a twig as a wish for good luck. Originally the holiday tree was decorated with apples, walnuts, dates and paper flowers. In the eighteenth century, the fruit was replaced in garlands, ribbons and candles, until some Swiss and German manufacturers began to prepare light and colorful blown glass pendants, which became traditional ornaments of the Christmas fir. For a long time, before 1600 the tradition of the Christmas tree remained typical of the regions to the north of the Rhine, where the Protestant doctrine was more widespread than the Catholic one. Originally the custom was to burn a resinous tree as a symbol of light. The first Christmas tree as we know it, seems to date back to 1611 when the Duchess of Brieg had a fir tree in her garden transplanted in pots to adorn a bare corner of one of the great halls of her castle in Germany, in view of the Christmas celebrations. The Prussian officials, after the Congress of Vienna, contributed to its diffusion also in the Catholic countries. Even the German writer Goethe contributed to the spread of the Christmas tree by including a description in his most famous work, The Sorrows of Young Weather. In Vienna, the Christmas tree appeared in 1816, by the will of Princess Von Nassau-Weinberg, and in France in 1840, introduced by the Duchess of Orleans. In Italy it was Queen Marguerite, in the second half of the nineteenth century, the first to decorate a Christmas tree, and fashion spread quickly throughout the country. According to the Catholic interpretation, the use of decorating the tree is a celebration of the wood of the Cross; the similarity between the sacred tree and the Cross was also used by the missionaries to convert the Germanic peoples to Christianity.
In the early years of the twentieth century, Christmas trees have experienced a moment of great diffusion, becoming gradually inevitable in the homes of all, up to represent the symbol of the most common Christmas on a planetary level. The other Christmas tradition, the crib, widespread in Catholic countries, was invented by St. Francis of Assisi, on Christmas Eve of 1223, when the saint recalled the birth of Jesus through the first living representation of the event. According to legend, the puppet used to represent the Child Jesus took life several times, during mass, in the arms of St. Francis. Today, in France, cribs have become a very important tradition for the celebration of Christmas and particularly famous are those of Provence. Also in the squares of many cities are erected and decorated beautiful Christmas trees, which give atmosphere and magic.
The legend of the Christmas tree
A story tells that, long ago, on Christmas Eve, in a snowy forest, Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas) met with the Child Jesus, with whom he always advised on the distribution of gifts. Jesus Child realized immediately that the mood of St. Nicholas was not the same as the other years, and asked him: – What is it that saddens you, my friend? – Santa Claus replied that in recent years he had noticed such a lack of enthusiasm for Christmas, in adults but also in children, to let him pass the passion for his work. The Child Jesus approved with his head and assumed a thoughtful expression and then said: – You’re right, I noticed it too, you have to find something new and suggestive to awaken the true Christmas joy. Thoughtfully they walked together through the white wood. In the forest everything was silent, the moon shone bright and clear, all the stars shone, the snow seemed silver and the firs stood there, black and white …. it was just a splendor! On a fir tree in the foreground, the fresh snow created beautiful decorations that gave shape to small icicles on the tips of the branches that glistened in the moonlight. Jesus Child and St.
Nicholas stopped to look at him – It is simply wonderful! They exclaimed. – This is the solution to our problem. – Santa Claus pulled out of his sack of the beautiful red apples, tied them to the ribbons and passed them to Jesus Child who hung them on the branches of the fir tree, taking care not to drop the snow decorations. Then they also hung hazelnuts, sweets and lighted candles. When they had finished they took a few steps away and looked at him satisfied. Now the little tree stood there in the snow, among its snow-covered branches showed off, the ruddy apples, the golden and silver hazelnuts glistened, and the wax candles burned with joy. With his white and red face Baby Jesus was all smiling and St. Nicholas was no longer in a bad mood.
They saw the tree carefully and took it with them to the village where everyone slept. They stopped in front of the smaller house, entered and left as a gift, the fir tree so decorated; Santa Claus placed you under many other beautiful things: toys, sweets, apples, chestnuts, and hazelnuts. Then they left the little house on tiptoe as they had entered. The next morning, adults and children were amazed, there was such an atmosphere of joy in the house as never before. No child thought of toys, to the desserts … everyone looked at the tree with the lights, around which they danced and sang holding hands. When friends and relatives saw the beautiful tree, enthusiastic in front of such a marvel, they immediately went into the woods to get a tree too. In a short time in all the houses of the village, a Christmas tree shone, and everywhere you could hear the songs and the laughter of the children. From there the tradition of the Christmas tree has been around the world.