Tis the Christmas season and nothing says it more than a Christmas tree. During the festive season, it is usually the main focal point in our home.
Whether big or small, thick and full or sparse and slender, Christmas trees come in a variety of sizes and shapes. From the Carolina Fir to the Russian Pine, Windsor Pine and Shelton Fir, finding the perfect Christmas tree for some people is just as important as buying the presents that would be placed around the base of it.
With Christmas just weeks away, the Express visited Excellent Stores and All In One in Port of Spain recently to see what they had in store and to offer some tips when buying a Christmas tree.
Supervisor at All In One, Anne Ayoung Chee said, “We carry trees from 1ft to 9ft. In Trinidad many people tend to go for more traditional looking trees. Christmas trees that are fuller and dark green in colour are very popular.”
She noted when buying a Christmas tree, it is best to find one that is good and sturdy and easy to assemble.
In Trinidad, it is not customary to use an actually tree, however in other parts of the world, a Christmas tree is usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine or fir.
In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.
These trees are not usually found in abundance in Trinidad; however there are artificial Christmas trees that are made to resemble which can be purchase at almost any variety store and are usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Christmas trees are a central part of Christmas celebrations around the world. Decorated with lights, bows, candy canes, streamers, tinsel and other holiday trinkets, Christmas trees today are usually very colourful and also quite elaborate.
The website, http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees credits Germany with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it. It states that in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes, some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood were scarce.
It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens.
To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.
Christmas trees have also been known as the “Yule-tree” and in some parts of the world it was believed that these evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.