Although trees bring beauty and life outdoors year-round, the Christmas season spotlights the beauty of a tree on the inside of your home. Whether your family gets a fresh Christmas tree from a farm or uses a fake tree, a Christmas tree is a beautiful focal point for decorating, but also carries the stories and memories of the homeowner.
The Roots of Christmas Trees:
The history of the Christmas tree has been traced back to 16th century Germany, when Christians placed trees in their homes and decorated them with candles. Some historians have credited the candles to Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer. It is said that he was inspired by the lights in the night sky. The tradition of the Christmas tree eventually was brought over by German settlers. By 1890, the tradition had spread throughout America and ornaments were being sent over from Germany. In the beginning, many Americans were decorating their trees with homemade ornaments, using fruit, nuts, and popcorn. Over the years, our candles have turned into strings of lights and our ornaments have become shatterproof, but the joy of decorating has held strong for years.
Finding Your Tree:
If your family is considering which tree would be best for your needs, our trained arborists at 770-Tree-Guy can offer some benefits and drawbacks worth mentioning. Although there are many varieties, the most popular tree varieties include:
- Balsam Fir—This tree is a favorite for more than just its appearance. The Balsam fir is considered the most fragrant variety of Christmas tree. When you choose the Balsam, your home looks festive, but also smells festive all season long. One drawback to consider is how quickly it will dry out. If you do not check the water regularly, your tree may be dropping needles before the season is over.
- Douglas Fir—A Douglas fir is known for its cone like shape and full body. If you are looking for a tree which will fill a large space, this tree has the body for it. Generally speaking, this tree cannot handle heavier ornaments, which could be a drawback for some homeowners.
- Fraser Fir—The Fraser fir has a dark color on top and a silvery glisten on the underside. It is known for being a stiff and hardy tree, capable of holding heavy ornaments. Also, the Fraser has a long lifespan, sometimes lasting up to 6 weeks without dropping needles. They are the second most fragrant variety.
- Artificial Tree—An artificial tree has multiple benefits in terms of cost and ease of care. Unfortunately, even the most convincing ones cannot truly mimic the beauty and smell of a real tree. Although as tree enthusiasts, we can certainly understand wanting to use a fake tree instead of chopping down a tree that is alive and thriving.
Whether you appreciate the beauty of trees through a real or artificial Christmas tree, you are still celebrating the splendor of nature, the magic of the holiday season, and the warmth of making and sharing memories. Merry Christmas from our 770-Tree-Guy family to yours! May your holidays be warm and bright!