Christmas Tree – the Eternal Symbol of the Holidays

The Christmas tree is an artificial or natural decorated tree, traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas. For centuries the ornaments used to decorate the Christmas tree have been developed from traditional ornaments such as apples, nuts or candles – in the 18th century, to the Christmas lights, garlands, tinsel, and candy canes today.
I used to decorate the Christmas tree in my childhood with handmade garlands made of glazed and crepe paper, oranges, Christmas candies and chocolates (they were so yummy) wrapped in sparkling paper, with cotton spread out on the Christmas tree branches to symbolize snow. The most important ornament on the tree was the top which was supposed to be the most beautiful handcrafted ornament.
Children as well as adults enjoy the presence and the meaning of the Christmas tree no matter how it is decorated, with or without lights, fancy ornaments or simple sentimental decorations.
Let’s take a look at some of the Christmas trees decorated with ornaments representing the time period from 1860s to the 1960s. Accompanying the gorgeous Holiday trees are antique and vintage toys. Enjoy it …

Victorian Christmas tree

Victorian Christmas tree

If you wonder what kind the ornaments were used by the mid-19th century than you will find the answer in this presentation of a Victorian Christmas Tree. The favorite decorations were hand-blown glass ornaments from Germany in the shapes of fruits, vegetables, nuts, baskets, fish, and flowers. Other handmade decorations used for the Christmas tree were popcorn and cranberry garlands and sand dollars tied with red ribbon. This tree has beeswax candles clipped to the branches with tin holders.

A 1920s Christmas tree

A 1920s Christmas tree

The Christmas tree with postcard ornaments and vintage toys such as doll house, child-size furniture, tea set, hand-painted sled, represents the decorations used late 19th centuries- early 20th century.

vintage toys

vintage toys

A 1960s Christmas tree

A 1960s Christmas tree

A 1960s silver Christmas tree

A 1960s silver Christmas tree

The 1960s was a decade of change. The trend of plastic and silver aluminum trees became popular.

The styles of Christmas tree ornaments have changed over the centuries but the tradition remains the same. Family and friends get together celebrating Christmas by singing carols, baking cookies, opening presents around a Christmas tree embellished with decorations that have sentimental meaning for those who placed them on the tree. The ornaments that we use to decorate our Christmas trees will  probably change in time, but the meaning of Christmas will always stay the same.

May the bright star, the twinkling lights shining in your Christmas tree reflect the happiness and success brought into your life by the Holidays and may them last throughout the New Year and beyond. Merry Christmas!

 

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Emanuela Neculai is a fashionista with European background, currently living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. As a teenager Emanuela has been influenced by the Eastern European culture and fashion trends. The European elegant style has left a strong mark on her taste and preferences. Follow Emanuela on Google+

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