Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree
The traditional English Christmas tree is a live one. When I was young, my family would drive into the nearby woods owned by the local government and cut a tree down. Doing so was acceptable in those days but I am sure it is not so today. However, the trend has shifted toward Christmas tree farms or artificial trees. Trees are decorated with ornaments made by the family or by relatives. Other decoration can include fruit such as oranges and apples. Also, chocolates or other treats are hung from the tree with ribbon A tradition that is catching on more and more is to not have a tree at all. Homes tend to be smaller in England than they are in the States and there is not much room for a large tree. Many families are opting to have a single poinsettia or other festive type plant in one corner of their living room with decorations all around. As environmentalism is becoming more and more important to people, the thoughts of cutting down trees or using artificial trees are changing. A real tree takes away living space for rabbits and birds and strips the land of natural habitat and an artificial tree is expensive and cumbersome to set up and then to store. There are many alternatives to having a tree if you choose not to have one. I even know one gentleman who just has a nicely decorated large shelf in his home where he displays all of his sentimental Christmas decorations. He calls it his “Shelf of Celebration.” It is very festively decorated and he enjoys the idea of celebrating Christmas in a simple manner and focusing on the important things of the Christmas season such as family and friends.
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