As I mentioned in my previous post, one can start decorating in two ways: with a religious feeling thanks to the Nativity or a more joyous atmosphere thanks to the Christmas tree. In Malta, there are many traditions that go around the Nativity scene as you can find out here. On the other hand, the Christmas tree is quite a modern feature yet, it’s roots stretch far…
A little history
Have you ever heard the song; Oh! Christmas Tree!? Did you know that this song was a German folk song that had nothing to do with Christmas? The Christmas tree as we know it has a long history; it can go back to the ancient Egyptians yet, I am not here to give a history lesson. Still, it is interesting to know that it was the Germans that started decorating fir trees.
In the 16th century German Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles. Legend has it, that Martin Luther, on heading home saw a scene of the stars twinkling among fir trees. He then went home and decorated a fir tree with candles, inside his house, to depict the same scene.
This tradition was given an even bigger boost when in 1846, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Being that queen Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable, the Christmas tree was born.
The Christmas tree was once thought to be a pagan tradition. Now, due to the fact that a fir tree is a triangular shape, Christians have used the Christmas tree to symbolise the Holy Trinity and from there came the idea that the tree should be a symbol of Christ and new life.
Trees are decorated to create a warm and enjoyable sight but, for safety reasons, today the use of candles is not recommended to light it up. Instead, LED lights flickering in all sort of timings create a magical atmosphere. Some people like them colourful while others stick to white. Whatever your opinion, lights are a must on your Christmas Tree.
Another modern feature of the Christmas tree is that many people opt for artificial trees. In Malta fir trees do not grow in abundance due to our hot summers but, even where it is abundant people feel that not only is having an artificial tree beneficial to the planet but, it is also economical to use the same tree year after year.
A Christmas without a Christmas tree would seem bare. It not only fills the house during the day but it lights up the night. The actual ornaments on the tree can also be meaningful.
Where to put your Christmas Tree
Some people place their tree to show it off to passers-by; in a balcony door way or in the hall and leave the windows open for all to see. Others, like to keep it in a central part of the house as a centre piece to create a festive feeling. Wherever it goes the tree is what creates the theme of the whole house or at least room. The way the tree is decorated starts the ripple effect to the rest of the house: traditional green with red and gold baubles or soft white and silver decorations to have a more crisp and minimalist feeling.
What Qronfla has to offer
The Qronfla Christmas Shop offers trees of all types including the modern fibre optic tree that lights the atmosphere on it’s own. Whatever space, Qronfla are bound to find the best option at the best price. Qronfla even offer the services of actually decorate your Christmas tree for you. I know I can do with some help! Discounts on most of the decorations are ongoing, these always are enjoyed when buying in bulk. Keep following our blogs to find out more on how Qronfla can help you decorate your home this Christmas. For more information please contact us