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The Christmas Tree

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With Christmas just around the corner, we here at
Tree Medics thought it would be fun to shake it up some and discuss one of the
most common Christmas traditions, the Christmas tree.

Where it all began…

Long before the origination of Christianity into
the world, plants and trees, which remained green throughout the year, had a
special connotation to people during the winter months. Similar to how people
today decorate their homes throughout the festive seasons with, fir trees, pine
trees and spruce, people of ancient times would adorn their doors and windows,
with an evergreen bough.
It was believed by many, that the evergreens would ward against witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. 

Yet the Popular British royals of 1846, Queen
Victoria and her German Prince Albert, were sketched into the Illustrated
London News standing among their children, in front of a Christmas tree. You
see Victoria was unlike her royal predecessors, she was actually liked, and
what was fashionable in her court was fashionable to her subjects, which
stretched to the east coast of American Society. For Americans, in 1846, the
Christmas tree tradition took hold.   

The comparison from our English brethren to our
American tendencies was something to note. Europeans of the time, had small three
to four foot tall trees, where as Americans had trees spanning the height of
the room.

Yet coming into the 20th century it was seen that Americans, began
decorating their Christmas trees, with homemade ornaments, popcorn strings, and
later with electric lights. With this and the 20
th century progressed, Christmas trees, began
appearing in the centers of towns across the country, making the Christmas
tree, a true American tradition.

Some quick tips for a long lasting Christmas tree…

With the holiday’s staring us in the face some
will head out to find that perfect live Christmas tree to place in their home.
When caring for a live tree there are certain steps that can be taken in order
to properly preserve the tree and make it last throughout the holidays. To
start: choose a tree that is healthy. If you can find a true tree farm, do so;
pick a tree straight from the ground. A fresh cut tree will last longer than
retail outlet trees, cut weeks prior. Be sure to steer clear of trees with
browning needles; these trees are past their prime.

Once you have selected your perfect Christmas
tree it is time to find it a home, in your home. If possible place the tree in
a corner, being sure to keep it away from any heat sources or open flames and
close to an outlet, if you wish to light it with electric lights. Don’t forget
to adorn your tree with a Tree Skirt. Tree Skirts are both decorative and
functional, and will help to save your floors from water seepage from the tree.

When preparing the base of the tree you will want
to use either a handsaw or chain saw to cut off, roughly one to one and half
inches off the bottom. You do not want to use any thing that may cause heat
friction. As this could solidify the sap and make water absorption impossible,
causing the tree to dry out and die. Adding a tree stand and water is the last step
before decorations. You can purchase a tree stand or a special tree cradle,
which will screw into the base of the tree and provide a watering space. Of
course, I think it goes without saying, do be sure to keep your tree watered, a
dry tree is a fire hazard. You may need to water your tree more frequently if you
have furry friends that like to drink from the tree’s water base.

These are just a few simple steps to help make
your Christmas tree last. Now, the only question is, will you be decorating
with homemade ornaments, popcorn strings, and candy canes? Or do you prefer
glass ornaments and tiny figurines? Or perhaps, a little of both?  

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