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By: palmettobug53 , 17:45 GMT le 03 décembre 2006

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The tradition of decorating indoors with greenery and trees dates back thousands of years, usually as a celebration of the winter solstice. The Egyptians brought in green date palm leaves to celebrate life's triumph over death. The Romans also marked the winter solstice with a festival called Saturnalia, in honor of the God of Agriculture. Druids in Great Britain used holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life and to keep away evil spirits.

In Germany and Scandinavia during the Middle Ages, evergreen trees were placed inside, or just outside, homes in hopes of the coming spring. Martin Luther is credited with beginning the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. Hessian soldiers fighting in the American Revolution most likely introduced the Christmas tree tradition to what was to become the United States.

The tradition spread slowly but took off during the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both of whom were German, put up the first Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841. It became very fashionable to set up and decorate trees at Christmas. Trees were decorated with candles, fruit, nuts, small wrapped gifts and paper cut-outs.

F.W. Woolworth is credited with introducing the first glass ornaments to the U.S. in 1890. The best glass ornaments were produced in Germany from the 1870's to the 1930's. Glass ornament production declined in Germany after WWII. Quantity, rather than quality, became the norm.

There are many different styles of tree decorating. Some people go for all-out, load it up with everything you can, styles. Some opt for Victorian or other old fashioned themes. Some choose ultra modern or choose a color theme. How many of you remember those aluminum trees from the 60's? There are even upside down Christmas trees, which actually have their origin in 12th century Central Europe, and represented the Trinity.

Today, Christmas trees are displayed with the tip pointing to heaven. Some think an upside down Christmas tree is disrespectful or sacrilegious.

Then there are lights. No one uses candles today, as they are a definite fire hazard. Arguments abound on the subject of lights. All white? One color or mixed colors? Big bulbs or little ones? Flashing or non-flashing? Personally, I love those old fashioned bubble lights, if I ever decide to go back to color. Otherwise, I prefer all white, flashing mini-lights.

And there are so many types of ornaments. Bought and homemade. Paper and glass. Religous and secular. Wooden and plastic. Modern or vintage. Some people spend a lot of money, collecting those old German glass ornaments.

Whether you go with traditional or modern, fake or real, table top or 12 footers, palm trees, firs or bare-bones branches, Christmas trees reflect the personality of their owners and decorators. Share with us your tree decorating styles and/or themes. Make your own ornaments? How about sharing some crafting suggestions for tree ornaments?


Christmas Tree from Wikipedia.

Traditions: Christmas Trees and Ornaments

Christmas Tree Traditions

Symbols, Customs and Traditions

Christmas Tree Traditions from Around the World

How To Decorate An Old Fashioned Christmas Tree

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Family Fun Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Tree Decorating

Homemade Ornaments from Crafty Chic

Victorian Decorating Ideas

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97. carolinagal
03:01 GMT le 10 décembre 2006
hi, bug. I'm browsing through your rice blog. Today I took some pictures at Mansfield Plantation near Georgetown. (Remember, we have weekend company & so I'm playing "tourist.") I plan to post some of my plantation photos, but want to include accurate info in the caption. TTYL
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96. charlestonlady
00:30 GMT le 10 décembre 2006
hey bug! thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I am very curious as to what your blog will be for the new year!

Have a great night and a wonderful sunday!
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95. palmettobug53
00:25 GMT le 10 décembre 2006
I love webcams! Have a whole string of them in my favorites. Will add these as well.
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94. Patrap
22:54 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Sunset here..50fLink
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93. Patrap
22:47 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
NASA select can be found on Channel 376 for those with DirecTV.
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92. palmettobug53
22:11 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Totally cool, Pat! I wonder if that is the same one I saw here some years back. It was faint but you could see it.
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91. Patrap
22:05 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Discovery Night Launch October 11,2000
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90. code1
21:29 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Ahhh, but what w0uld y0u d0 with0ut them? Cat hair free h0use? Wh0 cares?? Left y0u an imp0rtant, get 0ut 0f w0rk free message at Sub's.
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89. ScarlettOHara
21:27 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
You braved Wally World on a Saturday????
Salutations from SWFL for that !!!LOL

2.14?? we are 2.30 plus here ... just don't understand!

I need curtains too, maybe I'll go there (on Monday ..lol) and look!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here .. no tree yet but Mickey and Tigger are adorning the front yard now!!! ;)

Later ...

((later))
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88. palmettobug53
21:23 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
I was a good girl at Wally World. I averted my eyes and got only what I went to get and got out of there. Stopped at Murphy's on the way out and gassed up. 2.14 with my Walmart gift card.

Got some El Cheapo curtains for the living room and back door. Somehow miscounted and forgot a set for the one dining room window. Didn't see anything suitable for the kitchen windows. I got one set of 54" and put one panel on the front door and one on the back. Both of them have windows on the top half. They're really too long but I'm in no mood right now to sit down to the sewing machine. They're kind of thin but it will help insulate the windows a little bit. I hate a dark house and had nothing but miniblinds and valances. All this cold weather, though, even with Flo running, it's still been a bit chilly in here. Counting the front door, we have 4 windows in the living room and the living room is small.

Gonna have a problem with cat hair all over them, though. Little buggers spend half their time sitting at the windows.
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87. extrawarm78
20:01 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Hi Palm: hope your weekends going well. a little rain here, not doing alot today, the store, and a hot tea out and about, then back home.
86. seflagamma
19:39 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Happy Saturday Bug,
Have you safely returned from your venture out yet??? still at work here. I've only bought for the 3 grandkids their big gift. plus one gift for work and a small item for a friend we exchange with every year. Nothing else. Bought my cards but of course, I don't get them finished until around Dec 23 LOL!!!! Promis myself every year will get it done early but something always happens... cannot believe that in my 20's - mid 40's I had my cards ready to mail by Dec 1st then I just started getting them done later and later and later each year!LOL... everyone use to tell me my card was the first one they received; now they tell me, it was the last one and sometimes it came AFTER the 25th... oh well; I beleive we can celebrate Christmas until Three Kings Day, isn't that Jan 7th or 8th???? So no problem in my mind!!!

ok, rambled on enough now, gotta get back to work. Talk to you later!
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85. sandiquiz
16:17 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Hi Bug, You wandering through the blogs?
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84. palmettobug53
15:15 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Good morning, everyone! The sun's out and nice blue skies today. Just a little on the chilly side. It's not supposed to get quite as cold tonight and will warm up slowly the next few days.

Mark, you guys hang on to those old ornaments and treat them gently! Use them and treasure them. They make great heirlooms.

Am not going to my cousin's today. Poor thing has another funeral to go to. She told me last night it seems her social life is nothing but funerals and doctor appointments anymore.

Need to make a run to Wally World, though I'm not enthused about fighting all the crowds. Need some birdseed, want to check out their drapes, as I really ought to get something up on the windows to keep the cold out and the heat in. Will gas up the truck while I'm down there, too.

I need to get my Christmas cards done up this weekend and in the mail. If I can remember where I squirrelled them away last year. I buy them after the holidays, when they mark everything 50-75% off. Then come home and put them up someplace so I'll know where they are. Of course, by the time I need them, I have no idea what I did with them. LOL
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83. sandiquiz
13:34 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Morning Bug - looks a little chilly there in Charleston, we have sun today, such a long time since we have seen it I had fogotten what it was!!

Finishing my cards and Christmas Chocolates today - must get on, only two weeks to go, and no Christmas shopping done yet!!
BBL - hopefully
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82. DenverMark
13:22 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Good morning Bug!
Definitely a chilly one in Charleston! At least your downtown area is surrounded by warm water and is about 10 degrees warmer than the airport. I always enjoy your blogs, you do some good research on them. We finally bought an artificial tree this year. Most are pre-lit, but we found one that isn't because we enjoy putting the lights on ourselves and being able to change lights/colors from year to year. We have some old ornaments and my dad has some from about 80 years ago...they really do become family heirlooms. Stay warm and have a great weekend!!
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81. OGal
13:22 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Mornin Bug, chilly here! 47--- have to be out of here in about an hour. Think it is jeans and sweatshirt time. More power to the shorts wearers. I no longer have to look cool. Just need to stay warm. I think I gained the 3 pounds you lost, but you keep up the good work!
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80. carolinagal
13:09 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Happy Saturday. I think we set a record with 19 today. Don't see any meniton of it though. I saw that Charleston set records and you are not quite as cold.
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79. Raysfan70
12:19 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Good Morning {{Bugg}}!
Have a Great Saturday. :-)
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78. mobal
04:14 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Hi bug, I need a hug......
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77. palmettobug53
04:13 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Yep, it's a tad nippy here! And so far, Old Flo is holding her own. (Knock on wood! Wood, wood, I need wood. What's with all this pressboard stuff?)

Have realized (DUH!) that it would be a bit warmer in here if I had drapes or curtains on the windows instead of just valances and mini-blinds. Think I'll take a trip to Wally World tomorrow and see what they have to offer.
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76. extrawarm78
04:04 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Hi Palm: just checking in with you, hope all is going good with you, not alot new here.
75. LakeWorthFinn
03:59 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
{{{{{BUG}}}}, luv ya gal!
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74. FLAnative
00:37 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Hey Bug! I'm back. Note in my blog re my absence. Haven't had time to read your whole blog but know it is excellent info as usual. Hope all is well with you.

It is really cold here tonight!
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73. charlestonlady
00:29 GMT le 09 décembre 2006
Hey there bug! Its a nipper out tonight, how is flo holding up? I will keep my fingers crossed for you and your warmth! If you need to come up here, you are welcome to do so!

Have a great night and wonderful saturday!
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72. sandiquiz
19:20 GMT le 08 décembre 2006
Just a quick drop by to wish you warm thoughts. may be around when you get in tonight, Chris is going out so I need to wait up for him - I'm the taxi!!
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71. palmettobug53
17:25 GMT le 08 décembre 2006
Happy Friday, everyone! I conked out really early last night and never even cut my computer on.

And, yes, Wab... I did get all cleaned up and straightened out! LOL

Love the Christmassy pics!

Hopefully, I can stay awake long enough tonight to hang out a bit. Makes a diff when you don't have to get up at 5:15 the next morning!
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70. wobbie
12:26 GMT le 08 décembre 2006
Hope you have a great day.


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69. Sheraqueenofthebeach
12:26 GMT le 08 décembre 2006
{{{{{Bug}}}}}!
Keep those antennae warm today!
Hapy Friday, and make it a great one!
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68. Raysfan70
10:58 GMT le 08 décembre 2006
Good Morning {{Bugg}}!
Have a Fantastic Friday.
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67. Patrap
00:24 GMT le 08 décembre 2006
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66. Patrap
20:48 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
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65. ScarlettOHara
20:48 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Wabit -- ROTFL!!! too cute!!!
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64. sandiquiz
20:47 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Hi Bug - Hope you are having a good Thursday, I shall be in the land of nod by the time you get home from work - but the weekend is ony one day away!!
Take care
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63. Patrap
20:46 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
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62. whitewabit (Mod)
20:42 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Bug...hope everything got straightened out...

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61. palmettobug53
17:44 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Hey, Pat? What happened to my raindeer gif?

Dang. Lunch is already over. Catch ya'll tonight!
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60. Patrap
14:21 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
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59. BANGORWALKER
14:07 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Morning Bug :)

Life's been hectic living in 2 places, especially when one place has no computer access! Got the furnace cleaned and filled the heating oil tank yesterday, burned $318 worth since November 2nd...OUCH!

My decorations? 2 small ceramic lighted trees, made by Mom. One in each front room in the window. A wreath on the front door. I replaced the light on the front porch with a blue bulb. Mom's Christmas cactus on the kitchen table is in full bloom. Not much but only the neighbors will see it. That's at my "home" without a computer. My Christmas will be across the river at Bro's house this year.

Here where I'm typing from is another story. The tenants went crazy on the front lawn with inflatables: Santa, the Grinch, and Frosty. A snow globe with a winter scene and blowing "snow" inside it. Lighted reindeer. A 5 foot by 9 foot U.S. Flag on the front of the house, surrounded by red, white & blue lights. There is a Limo company that offers tours around town to see the lights, this place is one of their stops. The man made the local news last year, although he has toned it down a bit this year. Last Christmas Eve a lady stopped and gave him a bottle of wine. She said her kids loved the lights and the wine was to ease the pain when the electric bill came in LOL. I'll get a picture of it all up in my blog as soon as the weather cooperates. Bitter cold for a couple nights, then misty last night. If I'm here I'm usually on the blogs. Tonight I'll have to remind myself to step outside with the camera...
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58. carolinagal
13:32 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Good morning! Happy Thursday!
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57. OGal
10:49 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Mornin Bug, you are right we are almost sure he will have surgery. Just another one of those little gifts you get as you get older. There is nothing worse than an old athlete. Hope you Thursday is a happy one!
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56. Raysfan70
10:47 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Good Morning {{Bugg}}!
Have a Great Thursday. :-)
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55. carolinagal
04:04 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Bug - I had already started a carol blog.....your blog was my inspiration. But I haven't been around enough today to keep it up. Gonna add another carol before I go to bed tonight.
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54. OSHNBLU
02:47 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
{{{{BUG}}} to busy to read and catch up. Just a warm seasonal HI!
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53. Patrap
02:44 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Heat good thing in Winter Bug..LOL
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52. palmettobug53
02:42 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
Great pic of St. Nick, Pat!

Ooooh, Flo just cut in again! Ain't heat wonderful? LOL (Knock on wood, Bug... Don't wanna jinx Old Flo!)

Man, I had feelers out from CT to TN. Between BigT and a fellow from a mobile home furnace repair place online, I had all kinds of long distance advice and suggestions. Many thanks to the both of them!

And I may have done a bad thing.... I told the guy in TN that I blogged here. (He's an SC native from Upstate) If he checks it out, the poor fellow is gonna get sucked into WUBAland, late night blogging and lurking, sneaking online from work....... What have I done?
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51. Patrap
01:07 GMT le 07 décembre 2006
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50. palmettobug53
17:50 GMT le 06 décembre 2006
Fur underwear, OGal???? Just where in Wally World do you find those? LOL

Peace, that Santa sound like something taken straight out of a Christmas comedy movie...

Karen, why do you think I finally just chopped all my hair off so short?

Caro, you need to set up a Christmas Carol blog!
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49. SBKaren
14:23 GMT le 06 décembre 2006
Good Morning Bug - woke up to chilly temps (back in the 40s) and dense fog. Oh well, not sure why I tried to curl the hair with the curling iron, it'll all be for naught once I walk out the door!
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48. PeaceRiverBP
12:28 GMT le 06 décembre 2006
Good Morning, Bug! Thanks for the links to Holiday Pet-safe sites! I wondered how that Santa ever got hired, too. He was unbelievable and the nice family who hired him would have been appalled had they known what he was saying to the children at the party! "Rotten, greedy, little brats!" Was one of his mutterings. Merry Christmas, eh?
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47. OGal
12:12 GMT le 06 décembre 2006
Mornin Bug, have a wonderful Wednesday! Be sure to put on your fur underware. Sounds like we all are going to be really cold this weekend.
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