🗓️ First Saturday in December
Declared in Ontario on June 2, 2015
It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas, but Christmas Tree Day!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate the season. And what better way to bring the festive spirit into your home than by adorning a dead tree with glittering trinkets and lights to celebrate the holiday season and also dedicating an entire day to it?
Let’s take a closer look at the history and significance of Christmas trees and how to celebrate this holiday in style.
The Magic of Christmas Trees
Christmas trees have a rich history and are deeply embedded in many cultures around the world.
The tradition of decorating evergreen trees during the winter season has been a beloved holiday tradition for centuries, with roots dating back to ancient pagan celebrations when evergreen trees were used to celebrate the winter solstice or other winter related celebrations.
Today, Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday season, with many families setting them up in their homes and decorating them with ornaments, lights, and tinsel.
It is said that the first Christmas tree was introduced in Germany in the 16th century, and the tradition eventually spread throughout Europe and beyond.
The Christmas tree has various names, including Yule-tree, Tannenbaum, and Arbre de Noël.
It’s typically a coniferous evergreen tree, ranging from small tabletop-sized versions to towering 30-foot behemoths.
Most Christmas trees are cultivated on tree farms, and they are typically made from fir, spruce, or pine trees, with different species being popular in different regions.
In Canada, the Balsam fir is a popular choice, known for its full and symmetrical shape and its fragrant needles.
Christmas trees are also made into wreaths and garlands, adding a festive touch to any home or office.
When it comes to the flavor of Christmas trees, we don’t recommend you take a bite!
However, the scent of a freshly cut tree can be invigorating and refreshing, and it can bring back memories of past holidays.
Christmas trees are meant to symbolize the joy and warmth of the holiday season, and they serve as a reminder of the importance of togetherness, tradition, and sharing good times.
The Origin of Christmas Tree Day: Ontario’s Declaration
Christmas Tree Day was declared in Ontario, Canada, on June 2, 2015, under the the Holiday Celebrations Act, which recognizes various holidays and observances throughout the year.
According to Ontario.ca, Christmas Tree Day was declared to promote the Christmas tree industry in Ontario and to encourage people to purchase locally grown trees.
The first Saturday in December was chosen because it’s usually the weekend when most families put up their Christmas trees.
The day is a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season and encourage people to appreciate the beauty of trees.
How to Celebrate or Attend this Event: Enjoy the Festivities
There are many ways to celebrate Christmas Tree Day, from the simple to the elaborate.
- You can start by picking out the perfect tree for your home or office, whether it’s a small tabletop tree or a full-sized one that will take up the entire living room. You can visit a local tree farm or nursery to select a live tree, or you can opt for an artificial tree if you prefer.
- Once you have your tree, it’s time to decorate it with lights, ornaments, and other festive decorations. Get creative with your decorations, from traditional ornaments to quirky ones that reflect your personality.
- You can also involve your loved ones and friends by hosting a Christmas Tree Day party or attending one in your community. Make it a fun activity by bringing along some hot cocoa or eggnog, and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.
- For a more elaborate celebration, you can go all out with festive lights and decorations, including wreaths, garlands, and even a star or angel tree topper.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try making your own ornaments or even decorating the tree in a unique theme. The possibilities are endless!
Safety Tips for Christmas Tree Day
As with any holiday, it’s important to keep safety in mind.
While Christmas trees may not seem like a dangerous item, there are still some things to keep in mind.
- Make sure to keep your tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces or heaters.
- Make sure your tree is stable and secure in its stand.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets, make sure all decorations are secure and not a fire hazard, and always turn off your tree lights when you leave the room or go to bed.
- And let’s not forget about the dangers of falling pine needles. They may seem harmless, but anyone who’s stepped on one knows the pain they can cause. So, be sure to wear appropriate footwear and sweep up any fallen needles regularly.
- If you have a life tree, then don’t forget to water your tree regularly to keep it fresh and healthy. Healthy trees shed less needles and don’t burn as well as dry and even dead trees.
- When it comes to animal safety, keep any pets away from the tree and its decorations, as they may be tempted to chew on them or knock them over.
- And if you have any allergies, be sure to choose a tree that won’t trigger any reactions.
Tree Day is a fun and festive holiday that encourages us to come together and celebrate the holiday season. So, whether you’re a traditionalist with classic decorations or a modern decorator with all the bells and whistles, embrace the holiday spirit and have fun!
So go ahead and choose your perfect tree, decorate it with love, flair and care, and enjoy the festive spirit with your loved ones.
And remember, if anyone asks you why you’re celebrating Christmas Tree Day, just tell them Wild Calendar gave you permission to do so!
Happy Christmas Tree Day!