Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The hangin' of the greens...Winter Solstice...

Some people trace the origin of the Christmas tree to an earlier period. Even before the Christian era, trees and boughs were used for ceremonials. Egyptians, in celebrating the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year -- brought green date palms into their homes as a symbol of "life triumphant over death". When the Romans observed the feast of saturn, part of the ceremony was the raising of an evergreen bough. The early Scandinavians were said to have paid homage to the fir tree.

To the Druids, sprigs of evergreen holly in the house meant eternal life; while to the Norsemen, they symbolized the revival of the sun god Balder. To those inclined toward superstition, branches of evergreens placed over the door kept out witches, ghosts, evil spirits and the like.This use does not mean that our Christmas tree custom evolved solely from paganism.

Trees and branches can be made purposeful as well as symbolic. The Christmas tree is a symbol of a living Christmas spirit and brings into our lives a pleasant aroma of the forest. The fact that balsam fir twigs, more than any other evergreen twigs, resemble crosses may have had much to do with the early popularity of balsam fir used as Christmas trees.

Don't forget to pick up a candle at 'The Candle Shed' with the fresh scent of a newly trimmed tree and soaps from 'Sweet Repose' with the cooling scent of balsam...
your home smell like Christmas all year long with the scents of soy wax candles
from 'Friends'.


High Desert Design Council said...

The simplicity of holiday it

trash talk said...

It's amazing what green will do to bring life to a cold space!
I love the use of greenery in and around the house. That above all else makes it feel right!

Golden West said...

Nothing like the smell of a Christmas tree!

Carol Sue said...

omg...I have to have one of your cracked head night nights...can you give me an idea of the cost? ( I do not use the gmail address below)
I live in Portland, OR, so it would need to be shipped. Is that possible
Carol Nykerk