Good Morning….today’s post is about our Christmas tree story. In the 1800’s the Christmas tree was introduced in the U.S by German settlers. What started out as table top trees grew to floor-to-ceiling height. During the 1850’s Christmas trees started to be sold commercially.
In the late 1800 glass ornaments were introduced again from Germany. Dried Hydrangea flowers were added to a few of the branches as a garland.
The first ones were mostly balls, but later chains of balls, toys and figures became more common. Sears, Roebuck & Company began offering the first artificial Christmas trees – 33 limbs for $.50 and 55 limbs for $1.00 in the late 1800’s too.
In 1900 over harvesting decimated the natural supply of evergreens. Conservationists became alarmed, and many magazines began to encourage people to substitute an artificial “snow” covered tree, consisting of a branch of a deciduous tree wrapped in cotton.
In 1901 the first Christmas Tree farm was started when W.V. McGalliard planted 25,000 Norway spruce on his farm in New Jersey.
In 1966 the National Christmas Tree Association began its time-honored tradition of having the Grand Champion grower present a Christmas Tree to the First Lady for display in the Blue Room of the White House. The first tree was from Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Today approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States. Almost all of these come from Christmas Tree plantations.
Ours this year did not, you might not know that this year we purchased a 11963 Shasta trailer…and our our garage isn’t tall enough to house her over the winter. There’s no way to get her in our back yard without ripping a large part of my garden out.
So there’s only one place to park her, our driveway, which is only 8′ wide and Minnie is 7′ wide. We needed to move her over as far as we could to be able to get out the gate and haul our snowblower out once the snow hits. But, there was one thing keeping us from doing this.
In order to move Minnie over the Cyprus tree need to be removed..This was a hard decision since she is a part of my beloved gardens and because she has graced us with her beauty for many years.
I felt guilty about doing it but it was the only option I had and would help us move Minnie over a good 3 feet giving us the room we needed.
I felt better once gavee Miss Cyprus thanks by using her for our Christmas tree and all the garlands and clippings for my holiday decorating this year. The two photos above is the tree behind our sofa and another one here. They remind me of Charlie Brown Christmas tree so I only added a few ornaments and used pompon trim as a garland.
Another one in the kitchen and the clippings on the shelf above.
Another Christmas Tree for our front porch. It was rained hard before all the leaves were cleaned out of the gutters so the porch looks dirty…it’s gong to be near 60 so guess what I’ll be doing?
For the last several years I bought the small mini glitter trees from Trader Joes’s at a cost of $10 each, but I never had any luck keeping them from drying out. So I used larger branches from Miss Cyprus to create my own.
I also used clippings in my vignettes and made a few wreaths too.
Using Miss Cyprus helps me to feel that I honored her and all the beauty she’s given us through the years.