The Christmas tree is an iconic part of the holiday season. You can find this symbol on greeting cards, in advertisements, shaped into cookies, plastered across wrapping paper, and in the homes of millions of people around the world. But few of us ever stop to consider why we put so much effort into decorating a tree every year.
Although Christmas celebrations are often associated with the birth of Jesus in Christian beliefs (however, many non-Christians celebrate Christmas as well), evergreen trees had no place in early Christianity. The famous symbol wasn’t even mentioned in relation to Christmas until 1605. It has been argued that the connection was first made in Germany, where it may have been popularized by the German reformer Martin Luther. Luther is said to have been inspired by the beauty of a Christmas Eve starry night sky. He decided to replicate the image by cutting down an evergreen tree and putting lit candles on it. It did not take long until German homes were decorated with candies, fruits, and paper roses for Christmas time.
I love Christmas decorations but for some reason I am not keen on doing it myself. As a child I could not wait to decorate our Christmas tree and my mom still has the most original and beautiful Christmas tree and Christmas decorations in her house every year. My dad usually finds a beautifully shaped branch for her. They paint it and with minimum decorations she manages to create the best Christmas tree ever. Possibly I’ve always thought that I just can’t get it as pretty and have never bothered to try.
But now our daughters are older and want to decorate their own Christmas tree. They asked me why we only have plastic Christmas trees in South Africa and not real ones. I answered “I don’t know”. So off I went to Magenta nursery in search of a real Christmas tree but they only had baby trees. Someone suggested I get a Conifer, so I did, and went home with a “real” Christmas tree for the girls.
Here is the transformation of our Conifer into a decorated Christmas tree. We decided to keep it simple.
Firstly we put up the lights.
Then the baubles (I hope its not “so last season” yet, but I am still big into rose gold”).
Then we tied ribbons with white lace. And lastly a star, which we spray painted with copper spraypaint.
It might not look like my mom’s tree but our girls love it!
Our younger daughter decided her bed needs some Christmas decorations as well. She did it with the help of her sister.
Even the gin trolley got some attention.
And who says Christmas decorations are only meant for the home. Thank you for my “ready for the festive season” nails Shine On!
Remember to visit my Romancing the home friends posts for more Christmas decoration ideas:
Ramona at Ruffles and Rust
Stacy at Sawdust and High Heels
“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!” – Charles N Barnard