The Christmas tree is recognized throughout the world even though Christmas is not celebrated by everybody. Although trees were first decorated in the seventh century, lit trees became a tradition in seventeenth century Germany when, in order to mimic twinkling stars at night, candles were pinned to the trees with pins or melted wax. While browsing the web I came across some pictures of Christmas trees lit up in different parts of the world. These pictures show us that the lit tree is the most recognized symbol of the season globally.
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy. via
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Sydney, Australia. Tree made of recyled bikes. via
Beijing, China. Fibre-optic tree. via
Washington D.C. across from the White House. via
New York. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. via
Strasbourg, France. via
Prague, Czech Republic. via
Berlin, Germany. via
Milan, Italy. via
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Granted, some of these are not your traditional Christmas trees. It must be quite a feat, decorating one. Fortunately or unfortunately, I do not have that perfect tree outside. If I did, I would probably want to decorate it with strings of white lights. I have started to notice some of the beautifully lit trees while driving through neighborhoods. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, people are on to decorating for the next big holiday season. And we do try to make a trip into NYC to marvel at the Rockefeller Center tree. Do you have a tree in your garden which you decorate for the holidays? I would love to hear about it.
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