Your Tree (352/365)

by Lee Santiva December. 18, 2019 145 views
Christmas Trees outside our hotel

Christmas Trees outside our hotel

Since we go away for a full week over the Christmas holidays we don't have our own Christmas tree.

The German tradition is to get a (real) tree just a few days before or on the day of Christmas Eve and decorate it in the afternoon. Approximately 25 million German living rooms will have a Christmas tree this year. (*1)

The tradition of placing an evergreen inside the house and decorating at Christmastime goes back to 1597 in Bremen, Germany. Nonetheless, for centuries, it was only something which rich people could afford. Starting in the 19th century, more evergreen forests were planted in Europe, thus making it more affordable for every family to have their own tree in their own house. (*1)

Did you know that the Catholic Church in Germany only officially started allowing Christmas trees around the middle of the 20th century? They were against this tradition because of its "heathen" heritage. (*1)

Perhaps it'll be the "Fridays for Future" climate activists who will be prohibiting Christmas trees in the future. The best thing for the environment is to keep the 25 million trees alive and "breathing". Nonetheless even after they are cut down, real trees have a better environmental score than artifical ones.

The British consulting company Carbon Trust estimates that approx. 40 kilograms of CO2 result from the production of one 2-meter tall plastic Christmas tree. In addition, it takes centuries for a plastic tree to decompose whereas a real tree can be burnt after use and only releases 3.5 kg of CO2 in the process. (*2 )

Sources: (in German language, use a translation tool)

  1. https://www.meinetanne.de/weihnachtsbaum/weihnachtsbaum-geschichte/
  2. https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/weihnachtsbaum-wie-umweltschaedlich-ist-der-tannenbaum-a-1299719.html

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Bethany Plonski 2 months ago

Thank you for sharing the history! I always learn from your posts. My family would go choose and cut a tree each year when I was younger, and even though I have lovely memories of that, I can't imagine cutting a live tree every year now. We have an artificial one, although this year we are relocating it into a room with doors because I cannot imagine it surviving these kittens!grinning

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 months ago

Thanks Bethany especially for telling me what you like about a blog, its very helpful. If you do let your kitties near your tree, then be sure to turn on the video mode. Upload to youtube and you‘ll have a million views😀 and a mess…
Germans used to decorate their trees with really burning candles, I forgot to mention that…talk about dangerous!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

Haha! I may have to look into YouTube with all the crazy kitty videos I've recored lately! smile 
Burning candles on a Christmas tree sounds like the stuff of nightmares...whoa!

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Björn Roose 2 months ago

The fact that the tradition has a heathen origin is the only reason I do put a tree in my living smile Although I've decided a few years ago that I'd stick with a plastic one.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 2 months ago

😂 We had plastic trees growing up in USA so I get it, its so much easier.  I remember my grandmother had an aluminum tree with fake snow on it, as a little girl I thought it was so pretty.

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

Oh, I don't have a plastic tree because it's easy, I just find it a despicable habit to chop down trees just to have their remains in the house for a few weeks

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 2 months ago

How about no tree at all? We don't have a Christmas tree, it wasn't important for us. In the years when we didn't go away over the holidays, I just had one bough (fake) of greenery and decorated it with some shiny ornaments - you see that in the background of almost all my photos this month

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Benny Law Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

Amen to no trees at all. 🙂

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

When I'd go for a bough, I'd go for a real one smile Done that a number of years too. But I do like a decorated "tree", hence ...

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