Christmas Tree Tradition28th April 2020
While our premium grade Scottish Christmas trees quietly grow in time for Christmas 2020, (we’re not even halfway there – there are still 239 days to go!) we’ve been delving deeper into the Christmas tree tradition and history.
When you think of Christmas, one of the first images to spring to mind is probably a Christmas tree, covered in decorations, lights and tinsel.
Traditional Evergreen Christmas Trees
But where did the Christmas tree tradition of having an evergreen tree in our home and decorating it come from? Traditional Christmas trees are evergreens, which means they keep their bright, green leaves in the winter, unlike other trees.
Initially people would place their trees on tables, as they were smaller. But when it became possible to get bigger trees from Norway, people began to put their trees on the floor, with presents underneath, and – perish the thought in these safety conscious times – lit candles adorning the branches.
Let there be light
Thankfully the electric lights came along thanks to Edward H. Johnson, who put the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights together in 1882. Johnson, Edison’s friend and partner in the Edison’s Illumination Company, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree.
Baubles were first invented in Lauscha, by local man Hans Greiner, who first manufactured them in the late 1840s. The first baubles were fruit and nut shaped glass, eventually turning into a more spherical shape that we’re familiar with today.
The First Modern Christmas Trees
You might be surprised to know that our modern Scottish Christmas trees actually originated in Germany and didn’t become fashionable in the UK until the 19th century.
The first modern Christmas trees were seen in 16th century Germany, where Christians brought decorated fir trees into their homes to celebrate the Christmas period. The practice was not, however, instantly adopted by the rest of the western world, as many British and American Christians shunned the trees and associated the evergreen with pagan ritual.
In 1846, royal trendsetters Queen Victoria and Prince Albert put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle, and the custom really took off in the rest of the western world. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional Christmas tree, and if you’re looking for Wholesale Christmas Trees this year, you’re assured of the very best with Galloway Woodlands Xmas Tree Farm.