Christmas Tree 🎄
Christmas is coming and people are starting to put up a Christmas tree at home!
Putting up a Christmas Tree is already a pretty old tradition, probably originating in the pagan tradition. At the time of the winter solstice, people brought green branches into their house, which were a sign of life - supposedly to drive away winter spirits and promised protection and fertility.
Nowadays, Christmas trees come in all types of material and color, ranging from the regular natural tree you can get from the forest to the plastic white tree you can buy online. Even just buying the tree is often a tradition itself for the whole family!
Originally those trees were decorated with candles, but luckily nowadays it's all fire-proofed electric lights and beautiful ornaments. There is a huge range of colors and forms, and in America there is even a tradition of hiding a pickle ornament in the tree - the person who finds it gets a special reward or good luck for the new year!
In Sweden the Christmas Tree will have its last day on the 13th January, where people throw out their trees and officially ending the Christmas season, which is called Knut, named after St. Knut.
Oh, what would I give to live in Sweden and toss trees out the house!
I personally love Christmas trees as it's for me the symbol of being home with my family and Christmas is about to start for real!
Do you have a Christmas tree this year at home? Is there anything you decorate for holidays in your culture? 💫
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