Christmas

O Christmas Tree!

One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating the Christmas tree to add some sparkle to our home! I love turning off all the overhead lights and letting the tree set that cozy ambient mood…

We decided to go for an old fashioned Christmas look and feel with ornaments that will stand the test of time, Simple red and silver balls, glittery snowflakes, two turtle doves, angels, mercury glass pendants and topper, LED candles, jingle bells, white deer, pinecones, and poinsettias framing a fresh-cut tree blend to create a warm and welcoming feel.

It’s fun to see a sentimental photo ornament from our first Christmas when we were dating as a reminder of our story and the life we are building. It’s the little things that mean the most this time of year!

The variegated coloring on these poinsettias adds a fun contrast to the traditional solid leaves. I love adding bold pops of red in my home decor during the holidays! And that fresh smell of the noble fir greets us every time we come in the house…

It was interesting to discover that unlike the trees we traditionally set up annually, early Christmas trees went mostly undecorated until the 16th century. By the 1700s, it was common for families to decorate their trees with apples, gingerbread, sweets, candles and paper ornaments. The favorite Christmas symbols we love seeing today didn’t develop until much later.

During the 1800s, immigrants from Germany and other Northern European countries were bringing their traditions across the Atlantic to the United States. These new residents started setting up trees in their homes and selling cut trees to other people from different cultural backgrounds. Our national love affair with the Christmas tree caught on!

The idea of bringing an evergreen into the house represents fertility and new life in the darkness of winter. A traditional Christmas tree is a symbol of Christ’s gift to mankind of resurrection and eternal life. The triangular shape also represents God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Understanding the meaning and history behind this beloved tradition helps to make it even more meaningful.

A crockpot with homemade wassail will be ready in the morning and I can’t wait for the aroma to fill our home with even more holiday cheer. May your days be merry and bright during this special time of year, my friends!

Love & Light,

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