Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Tree Projects Showcase

Today we're going green on Practical Scrappers... as in evergreens. Before we share those projects how about a little history lesson on the origins of the Christmas tree.

"The Christmas tree is often brought into a home, but can also be used in the open, and can be decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands and tinsel during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century.
The origin of the Christmas tree is obscured by uncertainties of oral histories of pre-literate European cultures. For example, according to Christian lore, the Christmas tree is associated with St Boniface and the German town of Geismar. Sometime in St Boniface's lifetime (c. 672-754) he cut down the tree of Thor in order to disprove the legitimacy of the Norse gods to the local German tribe. St. Boniface saw a fir tree growing in the roots of the old oak. Taking this as a sign of the Christian faith, he said "...let Christ be at the center of your households..." using the fir tree as a symbol of Christianity"
Now, here are some of our favorite submissions that we received featuring Christmas trees...

both cards by Smitha

both projects by Jan




Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

So many beautiful projects! Thank you for including my layout!

Bev said...

beautiful xmas trees .. i love decorated trees.