Pick a story, any story as to the origin of the Christmas tree ornament, and you could be correct. Memories fade, stories become embellished and before you know it, there is no absolute as to the origin of the thing.
A few things we know for sure:
The first ornaments for Christmas trees were outside-lit candles on an evergreen tree.
Germany played a big part in getting the Christmas tree indoors and making it festive Some of the first decorations were fresh roses.
Food was sometimes used to decorate the trees, and by the time the tradition got to America, apples were the preferred fruit for decorating. Add a few gingerbread men and things are looking festive.
Then came tinsel, glass ornaments, electricity and BAM we have the well festooned trees of today.
It was just a matter of time that the template for decorating the Christmas tree was abolished and personal taste reigned supreme. Creativity and individuality were the key to a beautiful tree.
I wanted to share some of my treasured ornaments that make my Christmas tree unique and beautiful to me.
It seems every year I add/take away something for the tree: maroon ribbon, silver ribbon, burlap this year. But everything is done to showcase the treasures, the memories bound up in the ornaments.
Would you please share YOUR Christmas tree in the coming weeks/days as you prepare for Christmas in this the most traditional of ways: decorating the tree.