There are several classic Christmas decorations we put up year after year without ever taking a step back and asking ourselves questions like, “Why am I putting a tree inside my home?” Do you wonder how and why these strange traditions began? Perhaps it’s the origin of Christmas decorating traditions that have made them endure through the years. Learning the origins of your favorite Christmas decor trends could provide insight that gives your holiday decorating a little more purpose this year.
Every year, millions of Americans purchase fresh or artificial Christmas trees to display inside their homes with strings of lights, colorful balls and shiny strips of decorative material. The tradition dates all the way back to 16th century Germany, when devout Christians decorated trees in their homes, or created wood pyramids to decorate with evergreens when trees were less abundant. Continue reading “History of Christmas Decorations” →
Want that enchanting evergreen smell in your home, but don’t want the hassle of needle shedding and decay? Don’t stress. Contrary to popular belief, you can still enjoy the convenience and beauty of an artificial Christmas tree and make your entire home holiday-ready for all of the senses. Get the real pine scent with these simple home additions will give you the best of both worlds, so you can keep the spirit of Christmas in the air.
With just a little bit of oil, wall diffusers can create a tantalizing aroma throughout your entire home that smells exactly like a lush evergreen fresh from the forest. These devices can be placed discreetly behind your realistic artificial Christmas tree to make all your guests think your tree is the source of this beautiful smell. Many advanced models are completely silent and require just a few drops of oil and a free outlet to work like a dream. You can even find wall diffusers with controls that let you customize the strength and duration of the scent, so you can achieve the desired level of pine scent.
Perhaps this is the first year you’ve chosen an artificial Christmas tree. But whether you’ve chosen this route in an effort to trim your decorating budget or you simply believe an artificial tree works as well for them as a freshly cut tree, you may find that artificial trees have come a long way and look very realistic. However, you may rationally know that your tree looks fine and full, but you still feel like it may need extra attention and adornment to get it just right.
Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas trends of 2012.
Upside Down Trees
The classic triangle shape of a Christmas tree takes a whole new form with the trend of upside down Christmas trees, which actually began much sooner than its revival today. Upside down Christmas trees were actually a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages, designed to indicate that the tree was not merely a floral decoration, but a symbol of Christianity. Continue reading “Top Christmas Trends of 2012” →
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree…
The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.
Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.