National Christmas Tree Day
December 1st is National Christmas Tree Day!
The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association has declared the first Saturday in December as Canada's National Christmas Tree Day.
Complimentary Hot Apple Cider will be available at the Market Shop and Greenhouse "Forest" 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday. Bring the kids to decorate a ceramic ornament to take home for their tree!
We thought you might enjoy a little read (compliments of the Ontario Christmas Tree Growers) on the history of Christmas trees and evergreens for the Holidays...
Where does the tradition of evergreens at Christmas originate?
Legends tell of the decorated tree used in winter celebrations long before the advent of Christianity. Plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people during winter. Just as people today decorate their homes at Christmas with pine, spruce and fir trees, ancient people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries people believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits and illness. Egyptians brought green palm branches into their homes in late December as a symbol of growing things. Romans trimmed evergreen trees with trinkets and topped them with an image of their sun god to celebrate Saturnalia. Druid sorcerers hung golden apples and lit candles on oak trees to celebrate the winter solstice. In the middle ages, the feast of Adam and Eve was held on December 24. Its symbol was the Paradise Tree, a fir tree hung with red apples.
It is generally agreed, however, that the use of an evergreen tree as part of the Christian Christmas celebration started 400 years ago in Germany and spread to most of northern Europe by the l9th century. Canada was first introduced to the Christmas tree in 1781 in Sorel, Quebec, by a German immigrant, Baron Friederick von Riedesel. The Baron's tree was a balsam fir cut from the dense forest of Quebec and was decorated with myriads of white candles. The Christmas tradition that is celebrated in Canada today has borrowed many customs from many lands, but families who have come from all over the world have all adopted the Christmas tree as the symbol and centerpiece of the festive season. As it has for centuries, the evergreen still symbolizes our belief in renewed life and the hope and faith that lives in all mankind, regardless of race or creed.
For more information on Ontario's Christmas Tree Growers, visit their webpage at christmastrees.on.ca
- Kristin Ego