The Christmas tree is the symbol of the spirit of yuletide in many homes. The custom came from Germany and dates back to long ago when primitive people revered trees, particularly evergreens. These trees did not die or fade in winter and seem to be a sign of immortality. The Christians changed the custom into one honoring Christ.
The custom of decorating a community tree for outdoor display began in the 1900’s and is a favorite custom all over America today. Since 1933, the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City has put up a giant tree, beautifully, decorated with glittering ornaments and dazzling lights.
There are many retailers that sell trees for the season. Actually the season may just be the busiest time of year for most commercial businesses due to a high volume of Christmas sales. They are available in bulk at wholesale prices.
They may be of many kinds; artificial, fibre optic, mini or those for table tops, topiaries, and live trees. There are many ornaments a consumer can choose from to decorate their tree. Ribbons, sparkling balls or baubles, Christmas lights, fake snow, kissing doves and of course and angel all help to decorate. For live trees there are tree stands available. This helps the tree to stay upright.
Plastic or artificial Christmas trees may be more convenient for the consumer since he will not have to purchase a tree every year. He also would not have to take down the decorations since he can just place the whole decorated tree up in a box. They are available in different colors, there have even been red Christmas trees nicely decorated in malls and other places.
Some businesses even sell pre-lit trees. This helps to save consumer some time while decorating their tree. Fibre optic Christmas trees are available in many different hues or reflecting different colors.
Homes and offices use table top trees to decorate their spaces. A home could be well decorated for the season but if there is not a Christmas tree then the person may not feel spirit of the season.
Many families who celebrate the Christmas season may make it a tradition to go tree cutting. Fathers are usually the ones who go looking for the best tree and cut them themselves. This is passed onto their sons so the tradition can continue with their families. These families will be the one who prefers to get a live one rather than an artificial tree.