Christmas Trees

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually a pine or fir tree that is associated with the celebration of Christmas. Many people prefer an artificial Christmas tree instead of a real tree, since they tend to cost less over the long-term and they are less work to maintain.  Others prefer to cut their own Christmas tree from a Christmas Tree or Cut Your Own Christmas Tree farm.  Christmas tree farms sell only Christmas trees usually the day after Thanksgiving through a few days before Christmas.  Christmas Tree Farms and cut your own Christmas tree farms usually have other fun Christmas activities on location, such as a sleigh rides and other Christmas fun.
If you do end up purchasing a real Christmas tree, itís important to maintain the tree through Christmas.  Below are some key tips to keep your tree looking fresh through Christmas.

Mount your tree within 8 hours of cutting the base
. That is how long it can go without water before absorption is jeopardized. A Christmas tree should never be mounted dry. It is much better to place it in a container of water that is replenished on a regular basis. You can buy special tree cradles or stands which screw into the base of the tree and provide watering space. The tree should be provided with 1 quart of water for every inch in trunk diameter.

Check for sap leakage
. It is a good idea to check occasionally for sap that has leaked from your tree onto nearby furnishings or floor coverings. The sooner you catch any sap leakages, the easier they are to remove.

Collect fallen pine needles
. Use a dust pan and brush or a handheld vacuum (many needles going into a larger vacuum can easily clog it up; this may even break the machine, whereas a handheld version works well because you are obliged to keep emptying it as you work). This is a daily ritual, unless you want to have an enormous pile of needles to clean up when you finally move the tree. The needles are unsightly and potentially hazardous for curious pets and infants. A well-watered tree will lose fewer needles but all fresh trees will lose some needles.
Christmas Tree History

The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th century. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century.  The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which was replaced by Christmas lights. There is a wide variety of traditional ornaments used today, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star may be placed at the top of the tree, to represent the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.

Christmas trees are the hallmark symbol of Christmas.  Whether you purchase a real or artificial Christmas tree, the purpose of having the tree is the same at the end of the day, which is to celebrate the birth of Christ. 

Saint Nick