December 3, 2013

My point is... Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Trees

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — One of the traditions of Christmas during my growing-up years was decorating the Christmas tree, which was usually placed by a window so passersby could see the lights reflecting inside.

Occasionally some extravagant soul would decorate a cedar or other tree outside, displaying the colorful lights throughout the neighborhood.

Now we have wire models of a tree with pre-lit lights that can be set anywhere to display one or more trees or even used as pathway lights.

It’s amazing the ways that Christmas decor has changed over the years.

Christmas trees, once covered with colored lights, tinsel and hanging ornaments, have now fallen into a theme, with the decor meeting that specific subject. White lights are almost mandatory on these trees in order to highlight the ornaments. And rather than having one Christmas tree, it is now customary to have several throughout the house. Some people have a Christmas tree in every room, ranging from a large tree to ceramic or porcelain tabletop trees.

The newest trend in tree decorating is to insert greenery or other floral decor into the tree for an extra “pop” on the decorations. No more are the tinsel and foil icicles of days gone by. Instead, large ornaments of a specific color or style or collectibles have taken over the decoration scheme, accented with clip-on poinsettias or other glittered branches. Those trees that do boast tinsel have a new twisted and glittery design, much fancier than the tinsel of old.

One of the most fascinating Christmas decor changes, however, is the upside down tree. Although definitely different, I could see the logic in having the pointed end of the tree on the floor. For me, that would allow for better stacking of gifts. These upside trees could also boast their own themes, often with the larger ornaments hanging from the top for more visibility and less trouble than fighting through the limbs to hang an ornament. One of the most frustrating parts of decorating a Christmas tree is placing the ornaments so they are not absorbed by the tree itself.

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