It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Chapter 12, Page 8, Book 20

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.
Its 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.

Martin Luther

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 its 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


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Don't forget to shine for all to see. A little light in the darkness is needed right now!

Martha said...

Very interesting post! You're right, we should know the history to help us appreciate it more.

Mevely317 said...

Much I didn't know about this beloved fixture! My father's father was a strict Lutheran minister who didn't allow his children to even see their tree until after Christmas Eve services. Dad's eyes would shine, recalling the moment his parents threw open the study doors to reveal the tree with presents beneath.

I still miss the aroma of a real evergreen, but after the last one's needles killed my Electrolux, we've gone the more practical route.

betty said...

I enjoyed watching a few weeks ago when the Christmas Tree was being brought to the White House. It was quite a ceremony with the tree arriving on a horse drawn buggy and the First Lady came out to accept the tree. There was caroling (I think it was canned music) but the song was "Oh Christmas Tree." I liked reading about the origins of the Christmas Tree. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed one with candles on it though!


Susan Kane said...

Such a lovely family!!

On the farm, we went up into "the hills", which is where livestock lived during warm weather. Way back in the hills were the cedar trees. Dad kept an eye out for a good tree, and then we headed up there. It would be put in the truck bed, driven to our house. Good times.

jack69 said...

Hey, nice information. Thanks for the education. Most I did not know. As old Rick used to say something like every day is a school day.
Love from Florida where it is cool in the 40s
Sherry & jack