December is here, so it’s time to start thinking about plans for getting and decorating your Christmas tree this year. The “Tannenbaum” initially began in Germany in the 16th century, and eventually became a holiday staple in America thanks to the arrival of German Pennsylvania settlers during the mid-18th century.
Today, two-thirds of U.S. households have an artificial tree and fewer than 1 in 5 displays a real tree. Another alternative is planting a living Christmas tree, which is appealing for both economic and environmental concerns. Whether the tree is real or artificial, most consumers prefer Christmas trees that have a pleasing conical shape and a healthy green color.
What type of decorations do you like? Natural pine cones? Cookie dough ornaments and strings of popcorn? Shiny glass balls? Nativity-themed ornaments? An eclectic assortment of ornaments that bring back memories of vacations and life events? Back in the 1800s, homemade and handcrafted ornaments adorned most Christmas trees. If you are seeking the simplicity of an old-fashioned celebration, put some handmade decorations on your tree.
Did you know there are five types of evergreen trees that can be used as Christmas trees? Check the infographic below to help you decide if you would rather have a noble fir with strong limbs for heavy ornaments, or a balsam fir for a strong “Christmassy” scent. Those and other tree types are very different and each brings with them certain attributes that make them one of a kind.
Here is the infographic, courtesy of Ryan Lawn & Tree:
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Tell us about your family’s Christmas tree traditions in the comments!