Have you ever wondered how the tradition of cutting down a fir or pine tree, and attaching lights and ornaments to it came about?
Well, according to various online sources, fir trees were not brought inside at Christmas time until the 16th century in Ireland, Germany and England, and not until much later did this practice go to America. Many other traditional Christmas customs, including images of Santa Claus, Christmas songs, Christmas ornaments, and putting lights on the Christmas tree originated in Europe, well before they went over to America. The legend of the latter is that Martin Luther originated the tradition of decorating trees in celebration of Christmas, by bringing a small fir tree indoors and decorating it with lighted candles in honor of Christ’s birth. This practice slowly spread across Europe and eventually came to the United States as immigrants brought their Christmas traditions with them.
Today, most households and offices have a lighted Christmas tree, and it certainly wouldn’t be Christmas without it! You can go out and pick your tree, cut it down yourself or buy one that’s already pre-cut. Bring it home and put your lights and decorations on and there you have it, or you can choose a pre-lit artificial tree from any number of local and online retailers. Expert Hardware in Crumlin Village, Dublin, and www.hardwareireland.ie have a nice selection of Pre-Lit Christmas trees in all sizes and styles that require minimal set up. The advantage to purchasing a pre-lit Christmas tree is that you don’t have to mess with untangling the light strands every season, just to get yourself tangled back up with them while getting dizzy going around tree placing them just right on the tree! That’s what makes it fun though, wouldn’t you agree? Put on some Christmas music, and enjoy some tasty bevs with family members as you decorate the tree. (Does it really work like that, or does come with some stronger words and exasperations?) 🙂
Let’s not forget the natural trees in your garden that can aso make beautiful, stunning lighted Christmas tree displays during the festive season. Use solid colored lights or multi-colored strands that are available in various sizes to illuminate the trees in glowing color. Of course, make sure that the lights are safe to use outdoors, and use water-proof connector boxes and wires. Enjoy a safe Christmas season with family and friends while celebrating old traditions and discovering some new favorites. This is a time of year to rekindle relationships and spend time with our loved ones, sit around the Christmas tree, open the pressies, and of course, indulge in decadent holiday treats and feasts that everyone looks forward to!
Merry Christmas go for the Pre-lit Christmas tree and have a ball. Check out www.hardwareireland.ie or call in and see us at Expert Hardware in Crumlin Village, Dublin 12.