As Christmas creeps closer, the festivities are beginning. The decorations are going up and we’re all getting stocked up for the big day. As 2020 draws to a close, Scrap Car Comparison wanted to share some history on the part of Christmas that everyone loves: decorating the Christmas tree!
Whether your tree went up early this year, or you’re going all out with the decorations, we wondered where Christmas trees came from and why keep up this tradition. Plus, we wanted to find the best car-themed decorations out there! We’re gearing up for Christmas…
The tradition of celebrating an evergreen tree started thousands of years ago when people would use the evergreen fir as a reminder that whilst winter is here now, spring would soon arrive. The evergreen fir would serve as hope during the cold winter months and Pagans, Romans and Christians would use the branches of fir trees to decorate their homes and temples.
It’s not known exactly when fir trees were used specifically as “Christmas” trees, but many believe the tradition began in Northern Europe around a thousand years ago. But whilst Christmas trees now stand upright, they were originally hung upside down from people’s chandeliers or lighting hooks. However, the tradition of decorating the tree began when people couldn’t afford real trees. As a way to still be involved in the tradition many would make a pyramid shape out of wood and decorate it using paper, apples and candles to share with their neighbours, with each person taking turns to house it. Over time this tradition transferred over to real trees and in 1584 Balthasar Russow, the historian, wrote about a decorated fir tree in the market square of Riga in Latvia, where young men and women sang and danced together merrily before setting the tree alight.
These days, trees remain very much unburnt and take pride of place in many people’s homes. Fairy lights, baubles and tinsel are carefully draped around the tree and ornaments are placed carefully in the leftover space. The type of ornaments varies per household but typically consists of ornaments which reflect items that they love, or were made by people whom they love. We however, love cars…
If your tree is decorated by colour or by things you love the most, a Christmas themed car would fit in perfectly any design aesthetic. With little presents or miniature trees, why not recreate a nativity-like scene with your favourite cars of all time! These are some of our favourites:
The classics, the colours, these decorations have got us feeling festive! How do you decorate your tree? Is it with tinsel, baubles, lights or something else? Have these decorations given you some inspiration, let us know in the comments!