November 15, 2023
The magical twinkling lights and the memories each ornament holds make putting up the Christmas tree one of the most wonderful events of the holiday season. Many things can influence your decision on which tree is right for your home. Location, size, and disposal are essential in determining whether a fresh-cut or everlasting tree is the best choice. We’ll dive into the history of Christmas, choosing a fresh-cut tree, preservation tips, and an everlasting tree.
Why do we put up a Christmas tree each year? The history of Christmas trees dates back thousands of years to when pagan cultures would cut down evergreen trees in December and bring them inside their homes or temples to celebrate the winter solstice.
In the 17th century, German Christians began adopting the evergreens and Christmas decorations tradition. The tree as a symbol of Christmas spread through the rest of Europe and, by the late 18th century, had made its way to the New World in North America with German immigrants.
The first mention of Christmas trees in Canada was in Sorel, Quebec, on Christmas Eve 1781 by a local German family.
But it wasn’t until Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, a German transplant, were featured in an issue of Illustrated London standing next to a Christmas tree with their family that they became popular with the public. Since then, revelers have been putting fresh-cut Christmas trees in their homes, town squares, and workplaces to celebrate the season.
Gone are the days of walking out into the middle of nowhere to cut down your own, like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation. “It’s not going in our yard, Russ, it’s going in our living room”.
Today, getting a fresh-cut or everlasting Christmas tree is as easy as a trip to your local Sheridan Nurseries Garden Centre, where you can choose from a large selection that will add beauty and elegance to your Christmas décor.
Choosing between a fresh-cut or everlasting Christmas tree usually depends on what best suits your lifestyle. Here are 8 reasons to consider choosing a fresh-cut Christmas tree for your home.
To get a long and healthy life out of your fresh-cut Christmas tree, it is essential to make sure you take care of it properly. This means regular maintenance and watering to ensure it doesn’t dry up, causing needles to drop. Follow these expert Sheridan tips to keep your tree looking great and smelling fresh all through Christmas:
Fraser Fir – A favorite for its durability and perfect Christmas tree shape, the Fraser Fir offers many branches for ornaments while not occupying much space in your room due to its narrower profile.
Balsam Fir – You may have noticed your favorite candle featuring the Balsam Fir scent. This is because it is a true showstopper, with a nice full body and a beautiful classic Christmas tree fragrance.
Scots Pine – Say goodbye to pine needles all over the floor with the Scots Pine. This tree is hardy and holds onto its needles throughout the holiday season, from cutting to disposal, making it an excellent choice for people who want a no-fuss, no-mess tree.
While fresh-cut trees offer an authentic holiday look, the convenience and variety of everlasting trees cannot be overlooked. From dual lights to complementing natural elements, explore our premium selection of everlasting trees at Sheridan Nurseries’ eight garden centre locations. Embrace the holiday spirit with a tree that aligns with your style and preferences, ensuring a festive and visually captivating celebration.
From the ancient practices of pagan cultures to the festive customs of German Christians, the Christmas tree has evolved into a symbol of joy and togetherness. Whether you opt for the authentic charm of a fresh-cut tree, filling your home with the scent of the forest, or embrace the convenience and variety of everlasting trees, the essence of the tradition remains. Each tree, adorned with lights and memories, becomes a testament to the enduring spirit of the holiday season. As you select your Christmas tree, may you find a festive centrepiece and a living symbol of tradition, nature, and the joy that echoes through the ages. Happy decorating!
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