Despite our house being a child free zone, there was much excitement over the weekend as we put up our Christmas tree. Big kids, that’s what we are! We resisted until the start of December as that’s acceptable, right?
And we don’t just have one, we have a number of them of various sizes. It’s just nice to have a bit of Christmas in each room, don’t you think?
Here are some of the many interesting facts about Christmas trees:
- Ever since 1947, Norway has donated a tree to London that is placed in Trafalgar Square. A special ceremony is held in November, when the tree is cut down in the forest in Norway.
- Ever wondered why some trees have lights going up and down and others across? The traditional Norwegian style is up and down.
- According to this article, almost 15.1 million trees were cut down for use in the US in 2017, which would cover an area nearly as big as Manhattan.
- The tradition of the Christmas tree is one of many that originated in Germany.
- Winter festivals have included bringing evergreen fir trees and branches into the house for centuries and have both Pagan and Christian meaning.
- Candles were used to decorate trees before the arrival of electricity. Can you imagine that fire hazard!
Do you put the tree up at the earliest opportunity or leave it until the last minute? Do you have a favourite ornament? Tell us in the comments below.