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Christmas Customs and Traditions
Christmas at Our House

Our modern day Christmas trees decorated with such care and beauty is believed to have started in the 16th century by Christian Germans who cut fir trees to display in their homes in celebration of the Feast of Adam and Eve. It's thought by many that Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant religion put on a Christmas tree, after a night walk in the woods when he was struck by the snow covered and moonlit beauty of a group of small evergreen. He took a small fir home and decorated it with candles.

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There is nothing more soothing than the smell of a fresh Christmas tree in the home. But, as time passed and the children grew up and started their own home and traditions I moved to a smaller home. I found that a smaller artificial Christmas tree was better suited to my smaller space and my life style. I didn't have to try to haul a live tree in my small compact car, nor to very carefully climb an unsteady ladder to decorate it, and the artificial tree could be easily taken down and stored after the Christmas season and used again and again.

And that's why we have the family story about . . . .

The Almost Lost Christmas Tree

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It's two weeks before Christmas and it's time to start the holiday season tree trimming and decorating. I got the large artificial Christmas tree out of the utility room, put two strands of lights on it and hung all the decorations on the branches. It was beautiful. The 2 strands of lights twinkled and faded in at out at slightly different times, the Christmas ornaments picked up the sparkling lights and the angel at the top of the tree was the most beautiful angel ever. Hmmmm, I thought the tree looked a bit shorter than it was supposed to.

I had just filled my coffee cup and was sitting enjoying the beautiful tree and soft Christmas music when Mom called. She said that she was going to drop by in a few hours and pick up her Christmas tree that she had stored in my utility room last December. I hung the phone up, slowly put my coffee cup down and stared long and hard at my beautiful Christmas tree. "This is my tree, right? This really is MY tree, isn't it?" Was this really my tree? Or had I grabbed Mom's Christmas tree instead? Ummmm . . . I really do believe that my tree was a bit taller.

Aggggghhhhh! I had grabbed my mother's Christmas tree, put it up, and decorated it!

Well, there's no way I'm going to take those ornaments and lights off that tree. Just no way at all. There's only one thing that I can do. There's just no other way to do it, no way at all. I'm going to have to unplug the lights, and carry my beautiful Christmas tree, complete with ornaments and lights to Mom's car when she pulls up to get her tree!

Mom's tree trimming would certainly be easy this year. All she'll have to do is get the tree from the car to the house, and plug it in.

Just as I was recovering from shock and preparing myself to decorate another tree from scratch, Mom called again. Mom had dropped by my sister's house and my sister mentioned that she had brought down Mom's Christmas tree from the attic while she was bringing down her Christmas decorations. My sister wanted to know if Mom wanted to take the tree home with her.

Laughter of surprise and delight rang out over the phone line.

I sighed with relief as I hung up the phone, grabbed a fresh cup of coffee, and settled down for a long relaxing time admiring the Christmas tree I had almost lost!

Find more Christmas at Our House customs, traditions, and stories, plus a recipe for the most delicious Christmas Jam Cake ever.

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