Day 13 of Advent: Christmas Trees

It cannot be the right Christmas without Christmas trees! But if I ask you why, can you tell the story behind? Do you know what kinds of trees are used as Christmas trees? Do you prefer real trees or plastic ones? And most importantly, do you know where to get one?

History of Christmas Trees

In ancient times, plants and trees that remain green all year had a special meaning to people in the winter and people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. This was done by not only Christians but also Egyptians and Romans. In many countries, it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

For Christians, nowadays, some see the evergreen trees as a sign of everlasting life with God; some relate it to the “tree of paradise” and the forbidden fruits on the tree are represented by round objects such as shiny red balls. But originally, Christmas trees weren’t a part of Christmas traditions. I believe most of you don’t see Christmas trees as a religious symbol but just for the festivity.

Not every tree can be a Christmas tree, though. Only evergreen trees, such as pine, spruce, and fir trees, are used for Christmas. The most used ones are fir trees, for example, the real Christmas trees sold in IKEA.

The IKEA Christmas tree selling point in Brno

Real Trees vs. Artificial Trees

Do you prefer the real ones or the artificial ones? If you are not sure, let me help you to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of both of them.

Real trees are normally cheaper than artificial trees and it’s the traditional choice; however, real trees are just for one-time use and it may be difficult to dispose of after Christmas.

Artificial trees are, on one hand, more cost-effective, easy to maintain and worry-free about the disposing. On the other hand, for people who say no to artificial ones, it is simply just because they are not real.

Where to Buy Christmas Trees

As mentioned before, you can buy both real ones and artificial ones in IKEA. Moreover, you can find a Christmas tree market in front of almost every shopping mall. In many cities, the Christmas trees are also sold at weekend local markets or flea markets. And if you want artificial ones, you can find them in shopping centres or online.

You can find Christmas trees selling in front of shopping centres.

Did you already prepare the Christmas tree for this year? I wish you all can enjoy Christmas even under coronavirus pandemic.

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Li Jiaoyang

Hi, there. See the photo on the left? Now we are talking! As a foreigner, the same as most of you, my dear readers, I know exactly what you care about the most.

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