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Christmas is a time in which family traditions come alive and every family celebrates the holidays in their own way. In our Symbols of Christmas Series of ornaments, the second of nine symbols is the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree Has Roots In Ancient Traditions

While the first documented use of a Christmas tree in the town square of Riga in Latvia was in 1510, the evergreen tree had already been used for thousands of years in both pagan and Christian festivals. The tree was a sign of everlasting life with God.

A History Of Christmas Tree Decorating

The decorating of this tree was first noted in the history books in Germany in 1521. During this time the tree was paraded through the streets of the town or village with someone dressed as St. Nicholas walking behind it. In the early days, the Christmas tree was decorated with apples, nuts, dates, pretzels, paper flowers, and gingerbread.

These early trees were often decorated with edible treats and sweets, and then were brightly lit with candles that represented the stars. Later, ornaments and decorations became more elaborate with the introduction of feathers, papier-mâché, metal, glass, plastic and even flowers in many tropical regions. In all cases, the Christmas trees were illuminated with candles.

Your Christmas Tree Is Unique

With the average number of ornaments on a tree being 108, no two Christmas trees will ever look exactly the same. The family traditions surrounding your tree make it unique to your decorating style and customs. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between a real tree and an artificial tree, because the quality of synthetic trees has greatly improved over the years.

Themed trees are very popular and you can choose from a variety of ornaments to express yourself. The fun of designing your own tree should be shared with the family, or maybe let everyone have their own section of the tree to decorate as they please. You’ll be surprised at the way an eclectic tree can really come to life!

Since Christmas trees can be put up any time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can enjoy the twinkling lights for as long as you like. Gather around your uniquely decorated tree with your family and some hot chocolate, reliving Christmases of the past and childhood memories. Decorate your tree with Christmas ornaments from OrnamentShop.com

Get Your Christmas Tree Here!

Create a new family tradition with The Christmas Tree from ChristmasOrnaments.com. Each Christmas tree ornament comes with a hangtag to share the legend of the special ornament with you. The hangtag says, “A symbol of hope, happiness and renewal of life.”

The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC is annual lit in early December and has been a tradition since 1923, when Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States.

Read about and share the other eight Christmas legends of the Mistletoe, Candy Cane, Apple, Orange, Poinsettia, Partridge, Nutcracker and Pickle.

Collect all of our nine Symbols of Christmas Series ornaments: Pickle, Christmas Tree, Mistletoe, Candy Cane, Apple, Orange, Poinsettia, Partridge and Nutcracker for friends and family this holiday season!