Real Trees Keep Christmas Spirit Truly Alive and Well; Think outside Traditional Evergreens When Choosing a Plant

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O CHRISTMAS tree, O Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging. Not only green when summeras here but also when atis cold and drear.

Christmas trees are the best and worst tradition.

I donat know about you but for years Iave spent hours agonising over where every single bauble should go, what colour scheme to do, tinsel or no tinsel.

Then after Iad finished Iad stand back, take stock and cry because after so many painful hours it still didnat look like a department store tree. Nowadays I just let the kids go wild with it.

If it doesnat look perfect I can just think aoh well, the kids had a ball doing ita.

While watching the kids decorate the tree I began to wonder why we even have Christmas trees and why they are always depicted as evergreens or conifers. The answer is in the song.

Evergreens, or conifers as we know them, are green all the time a thy leaves are so unchanging.

Christmas in the northern hemisphere occurs during the bleakest days of the year so evergreens present a vibrant contrast to the natural world outside a not only green when summeras here but also when atis cold and drear.

Because of this, people throughout history have regarded them as special symbols of eternal life or rebirth.

I found many theories of why we decorate our trees at Christmas time.

My favourite was that the tree was decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and wafers (to represent the Eucharist and redemption). …