I love Christmas trees. I love most evergreens. I particularly love boxwoods. I know. I know. There are two kinds of people in the world — those who love boxwood and those who don’t. But, I do. Can’t remember without looking if I shared with you my boxwood horror this year. For about 6 years we have had a boxwood hedge around our patio. They did not make it through the winter. I thought it was “winter kill” but I now suspect from the look of things, it was blight. They had to be taken out — all 15 of them! Mr. G was my hero as he took them out one by one. He put up with my tears and was very sweet about it. What a guy!
Back to the original subject, Christmas Trees, I love them. Fresh ones. Filled to the brim with ornaments and twinkle lights!
This year due to so much travel, we decided not to have a tree but we have twinkle lights everywhere!
CHRISTMAS TREE TRIVIA
The first recorded Christmas tree can be found on the keystone sculpture of a private home in Alsace in 1576. German Protestants are often credited with the first circulation of the Christmas Tree, using them to decorate their houses. Protestant Christian reformer Martin Luther is said to have added the first lighted candles to an evergreen tree. The inspired decoration came out of admiration of the snow glistening from the trees on his walk home Christmas Eve. From Meg Bucker’s The History and Meaning of the Christmas Tree
Wooster, a small country town located in north-central Ohio, claims to have hosted the first Christmas Tree in America in 1847. German immigrant August Imgard might be the first to decorate the tree with candy canes; “Imgard cut a blue spruce tree from a woods outside town, had the Wooster village tinsmith construct a star, and placed the tree in his house, decorating it with paper ornaments, gilded nuts and kuchen.” From Meg Bucker’s The History and Meaning of the Christmas Tree
Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991.
In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas tree decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas. (Almost makes me like them. 😳 Almost. )
MY 2018 CHRISTMAS TREE…
Lucky for me I still have many boxwoods around the garden. Plenty for making boxwood trees. Such a fun project. When I was a florist I made so many of them and never tired of the project!
David Austin roses in my garden…
This week we lost one of the giants of the rose world – David Austin Snr. Mr. G says I have had a secret crush on him for 30 years. That might be true. When I was putting my first real rose garden together, I was feverishly researching all types of roses (without the benefit of the internet) and happened on the “something and someone new” in the rose world – Mr. Austin. He was a pioneer that followed his heart and used his gifts to bring us the beautiful Engish roses by blending historical roses (for form and fragrance) with modern roses (for repeat blooming and additional colors). I never had the privilege of meeting him, but he was very well represented by Michael Marriott who worked with him for more than 30 years and shares how special he was.
Thank you Mr. Austin for all the beauty you shared with our world. Well done, Sir.
Whew, that was a long post. If you made it to the end — Thank You!
Merry Christmas friends. Wishing you a holiday filled with joy, peace, love and plenty of twinkle lights!
6 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: Christmas Trees & Things”
Wonderful Post Teresa, really enjoyed the beautiful photos and directions on your boxwood tree! Marry Christmas to you and yours love!
Hi Peggy, Merry Christmas to you! I pray 2019 is a wonderful year for you and your family! xo
Merry Christmas to you Teresa and thank you for sharing your passion and enthusiasm and inspiring us all to make the world a more beautiful place!
Thanks Michelle. I think the same thing about you. Merry Christmas! 🎁
Hello Teresa. Artificial Christmas Trees may outsell real ones, but I would rather have a real live Christmas Tree. Nothing beats the fresh pine smell of real trees. But these days, since downsizing, I’m lucky to have a tree at all during the holiday. Aging brings with it a lot of sacrifices. (By the way, thanks for following my blog on “Conversations With God Using Scripture” http://www.tgifmasterminds.com
Douglas firs mix with the redwoods in some places. They are native here. We get Christmas trees all year.