Lessons from A Christmas Tree:
Jane Lee Logan
Be a light in the darkness
We all fall over sometimes.
You can never wear too much glitter
Bring joy to others
Sprarkle and twinkle as much as possible.
It’s ok to be a little tilted.
December 8th - trees are natures best teachers
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
The Christmas tree is popular in most homes in the U.S. We decorate our living and family rooms and outside in the yard with trees.
The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Some used branches to decorate their homes during winter solstice, as it made them think of spring to come. The Romans used fir trees to decorate their temples . Christians use them as a sign of everlasting life with God.
In Germany, the first Christmas trees were decorated with edible things such as ginger bread and gold covered apples . Then glass makers made special small ornaments similar to the decorations used today.
In victorian homes the tree would have been decorated with candles to represent stars. The famous inventor Thomas Edison put some electric light boules around the office and it was a colleage of his that hand strung 80 red white and blue bulbs together and put them on his tree. In 1890 the Edison company published a brochure offering light services for Christmas. In 1900 another Edison advertisement offered bulbs you could rent along with a lighting system to use over Christmas. The first available electric string of lights people could afford were advertised in 1903 at a cost of $12.00.
We so often take all this for granted but it’s good to know some history behind our Christmas trees so we do appreciate them more.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree
your branches green delight us
They are green when summer days are bright
They are green when winter snow is white.
English version O Tannenbaum