The most popular Christmas trees in America are usually a spruce, fir or pine. Families all across the country decorate their trees with ornaments that often are many years old and have sentimental value. Those are the best ornaments simply because every time you look at the tree, memories from years past fill your heart. Some families use an artificial tree and that’s ok too. Its not so much about the tree itself, but what hangs on it.
The Christmas tree (also known in the past as Yule tree) was developed in Germany back in the 15th or 16th century. It wasn’t until the 19th century
that popularity rose outside of Germany and then it was mainly with the upper class. The modern day ornaments weren’t even thought of back then and many trees were decorated with edible items such as nuts and apples. Illuminated candles were hung on the tree prior to electricity being invented. The apples, nuts and candles have since been replaced with lights, candy canes, tinsel, garland and bulbs of all shapes and sizes. Many trees now have a star or an angel that sit on top of the peak.
It wasn’t until the early 19th century that the Christmas tree became common in the United States. There are several cities in the United States that have German connections that have claimed to have the country’s first Christmas tree. Some of those cities include Lancaster, PA – Windsor Locks, CT – Wooster, OH and Easton, PA.
We can’t forget the Charlie Brown Christmas tree of the 1960’s. That term is still used today to describe a homely, ugly tree. Who hasn’t wanted their own Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and quite honestly, I have had one of those trees in the past. The Charlie Brown Christmas tree was introduced over 50 years ago and is still going strong today.
The 20th century has brought many beautiful Christmas trees to large cities across the country. One of the most famous is the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City. Our nations capital gets into the Christmas Spirit every year with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The beautiful tree sits on the South Lawn of the White House.
Many families choose to spend the day out in a field of trees looking for the perfect one to fit in their home. Seeing the children smile while looking for that perfect tree makes the holiday even more special. We at ChimpPros love trees and the Christmas tree is one of our favorites. Whether it be a live evergreen or an artificial tree, be sure to decorate it with your favorite ornaments and enjoy the holiday season. (by the way, my personal favorite ornament is a “candy cane”)
We would like to thank each and every one of our customers this past year and look forward to working with you this upcoming year. Please spend time with your family this holiday, and don’t forget the reason for the season.
Merry Christmas from the entire staff at ChimpPros LLC