The evolution of the Christmas Tree
Posted on Dec 01, 2019 | by Kerry Kelley
The Christmas Tree, a centuries old holiday tradition, has certainly seen some changes in modern times. From Germany in the 1500s, the evergreen hung with ornaments of fruits, nuts, and sweets remained virtually unchanged through the early 20th century. The 1930s saw the first boom in artificial trees, but post WWII the materials and styles expanded. Today, we can choose from life-like artificial trees, or fanciful trees in every color of the rainbow—with fake snow, and/or prelit, if you desire. Meanwhile, the good old evergreen Christmas Tree is perhaps facing a crisis as its producers are growing older and retiring, without sufficient interest from younger generations in continuing the tradition.