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What is Your Christmas Tree Story?

Share photos of your 2012 Christmas Tree on Patch.

Do you know the story behind the first Christmas Tree?

According to Christmas-Tree.com, it really is rooted in Christianity. The legend is that the Christmas Tree tradition began in Germany almost 1,000 ago when St. Boniface, a Christian convert, supposedly got angry after seeing some pagans worshipping an oak tree. He chopped the oak tree down in anger, only to find a young fir tree sprout up in its place. He is reported to have taken the fir tree as a sign of the Christian faith. Later, by the 16th Century, the Christmas Tree was brought inside as a symbol of the Christmas season.

Better Home and Garden Magazine has several 2012 themed suggestions for those who want to get creative with their Christmas Tree this year. The article includes tips for decorating trees to suit your decor as well as lighting suggestions to bring out the best in your design.

Many people have personal Christmas Tree stories - a reason why they decorate their tree the way they do. Sometimes it is just decor - what best matches the rest of the furniture in the room. Other times, it's got something more to do with the sentimental value of the ornaments that adorn the tree - maybe gifts from children and grandchildren.

And then something there is a very personal Christmas Tree story. That's how it is for me. I always have angels on my tree – only angels. My mother had a heart attack on Christmas Eve 1998 and never made it past Jan. 5, 1999. She truly was an angel when she was here, so ever since that first Christmas that she wasn't around I only ever have angels on my Christmas Tree. The angels are in memory of the special angel in my life - my mother.

I don’t have a tree up yet this year, but the one in the picture is one I found at Davis Street Antiques in Monroe. It is similar in design, including the colors, of my usual angel Christmas Tree.

So what is your Christmas Tree story? Do you have the same theme or a different theme every year? Upload your special designer Christmas Tree photo here so we can feature it on Patch.

Stephanie Gross November 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sharon, what a beautiful way to honor your mother's memory. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Sharon Swanepoel November 25, 2012 at 09:50 PM
This time of the year she's always very close Stephanie!
Tammy Osier November 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Sharon, your story is so touching! Thanks for sharing. I hope that your memories bring you more peace each year that you celebrate her with your tradition. I think creating traditions at different parts of our lives is so important. For the past 5 years or so, I haven't even put a tree up. Pretty much, most of my Christmas has been spent at the homes of my children or in the mountains where my Daddy lives. This year, all my grandkids (except one) are old enough to do crafts with. I think we will decorate shiny balls with their own design and sign and date each one. Then, evey year, make new ones. By the time they are grown, I should have a tree full of them!

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