If you are like many people who celebrate Christmas, a tree may be the centerpiece of your decorating efforts. You may desire to have a live tree grace your home for the holiday season. If that is the case, there are some steps and pointers you need to bear in mind when it comes to selecting the best, most suitable Christmas tree for your home.
Quick Peak at History
Long before the dawn of Christianity, plants that were green the year around held special significance for people. For example, evergreens boughs were brought indoors at the time of the winter solstice. Many ancient people worshiped a sun god. They believed the sun god had become ill and weak at the time of the winter solstice, and the greenery reminded them that he would soon become well.
Germany typically is credited for starting the Christmas tree tradition as we know it today. This happened in the 16th century. Germans were the first to bring decorated trees into their homes during Christmastide. Many credit German religious reformer Martin Luther with putting the first lighted candles onto Christmas trees.
Christmas trees really did not appear in the United States until German immigrants set up communities in this country in the 19th century. The first record of a Christmas tree in the United States was in a German community in Pennsylvania in the 1830s.
Analyze Where You Want to Place Your Christmas Tree
The first, and in many ways most crucial, step in the process of selecting a Christmas tree is determining its placement in your home. Selecting a proper location for your Christmas tree should not be a snap decision. Rather, you need to take a number of factors into consideration when determining where to place a Christmas tree in your home.
First of all, you should take care to keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources in your residence. This includes radiators, heating vents, sunny windows, and fireplaces.
Second, do not place your Christmas tree in a high traffic area in your home. You need to select a location at which your tree is not likely to get bumped or toppled. You also need to make sure you avoid a location and set up your tree in a manner that will expose people to the possibility of tripping over light cords. Injuries involving falls are the most commonplace in people’s homes. The rate of such injuries increases significantly during the holiday season, in part because of people stumbling over electrical cords and the like.
Choose a Proper Tree Stand
You must not be cavalier with the selection of a tree stand. You need to pay particular attention to the size of tree trunk that you hope to be accommodated by the stand. You must keep in mind that, despite the ability to adjust, not all tree stands are designed for all manner of trunks.
Picking the Proper Tree
There are a number of more “technical” factors that you should bear in mind when picking a specific tree. In this regard, trees that have shorter needles are easier to decorate. These include such trees like a Fraser or Noble Fir.
You also need to pay attention to the space between the branches. A tree looks better when decorated when the blubs and other additions have room to fully hang. Therefore, you really do need a tree that has space between the branches. While a lush appearing tree, with an abundance of branches closely presented, may catch your eye initially, that type of tree may not be the best for decorating.
Finally, make sure you select a tree that is fresh. The needles should nearly all look shiny and green. They should not fall off when you tug on the tree branch.
Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
If you are like most people, you have not developed the practice of properly watering your tree. For the first few days you have your Christmas tree up and standing, you may even need to water it every few hours.
After about a week, your tree’s water intake will slow. But, you will still need to water your Christmas tree daily.
Fresh water is all you really need to keep your tree vibrant and fresh for a more extended period of time. There are many different types of additives that you can consider purchasing. However, as was noted, provided you follow the tree watering protocol set forth a moment ago, you really will not need to spend money on these additional products.
Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s silver Christmas ornaments.