Heartwarming Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.

old-2066_640The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.

The Wessler Christmas Tree

While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.

After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.

In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.

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The Oldest Christmas Tree

Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.

For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.

Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.

We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?

Outdoor Christmas Decorating Tips

There isn’t an official time that you should begin decorating for the holidays. But, you want enough time to enjoy your efforts while making sure your decorations don’t wear out their welcome. If you’re ready to decorate in the middle of November then that’s the right time for you. Others may choose to decorate once Thanksgiving has passed, while others wait until December. As long as you are creating your winter wonderland with the right spirit, any time is the right time.  Make a Christmas landscape to remember with these outdoor decorating tips.

Evergreen Supreme Snap Tree from Uncommon Designs

Get into the Christmas Spirit

If you feel the spirit of Christmas and are ready to string the lights, it doesn’t hurt to enhance the mood by playing your favorite Christmas music and lighting some holiday-scented candles. You may even want to whip up your favorite Christmas beverage such as some rich eggnog or Christmas wassail that will waft throughout your home and create a warm and Christmas-friendly atmosphere.
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DIY Wreaths to Spice Up Your Holiday Decor

Say “Merry Christmas” by decorating your space with holiday greenery from Tree Classics. These stylish holiday pieces won’t evoke allergens or require a car to tote fresh greenery back home. In addition, artificial Christmas wreaths can be customized to fit any décor or theme.

The hanging of Christmas wreaths is a long-standing tradition in many homes. Tree Classics’ artificial wreaths feature highly realistic PE needles. Each has easy-to-shape branches and tips, allowing you to create the exact look you want. You can add personality and style to your wreaths and garlands with ornaments, ribbons, floral sprays and other items. Follow these DIY tips to create a themed wreath to perfectly match your holiday décor. Continue reading “DIY Wreaths to Spice Up Your Holiday Decor”

A Lot Like Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

The song’s on loop in our minds and the following images of holiday love are making us more and more excited for the Christmas season. From merry-go-rounds to gumdrops, these delightful pictures are sure to put anyone in the mood for Christmas.

By the Boardwalk

Eric Wittman spotted this holiday tree while visiting San Diego one Christmas. “Being from Kansas, I found a Christmas tree on the boardwalk of Ocean Beach to be incredibly fascinating. I loved seeing the normally wintery icon in such a warm spot.” Continue reading “A Lot Like Christmas”