Garlands in Christmas


Garlands in Christmas: In America the tradition of the Christmas garlands was brought by the early colonists from the Europe. Usually after the fall harvest the ropes of the garlands were made. When after the harvest there was a little else to do, enough income was brought by making and selling of Christmas garlands to yield enough suits of Sunday clothes and a new cover to life. The staples from the nearby forests were found and used like spruce, pine, and cedar trees. Garlands were made by twisting the greens sitting around the fireplace in the evening with the greens collected during the day. Usually, 20 to 40 yards of garland could be completed by someone in an evening. The beginning of the Christmas season was announced when the boats and wagons were filled with aromatic Christmas greens in the 1800’s. As the highlights of Christmas garlands hemlock, boxwood, holly, mountain laurel, myrtle, cedar blue berries and princess pine were mostly used. Dried grasses, corn husks, moss, the orange and scarlet pods of bittersweet, red berries of black alder and dried fruits were also used as decorations. Other Christmas decors and Christmas greens were purchased in majority for business, churches, florists and hospitals. Everyone was allowed to participate as we do with the Christmas shopping today in hustle and bustle of the Christmas business was only the due to the price range and the plenty of greens available.


Artificial greens: The natural Christmas greens and Christmas foliage became less in plenty in the forests of the countryside in the early 1900’s. But now artificial plastic Christmas greens and Christmas foliage’s were introduced and can be used without endangering the nature can be made the decorations of the Christmas. The early reproductions of plastic evergreen and holly were the most realistic. The Christmas decors reproduction is really enhanced the quality with the production of polyvinyl (silk) greenery and flowers. The 1st PVC and polyvinyl artificial picks, greens and Christmas trees hi ted the market in 1963. The most beautiful decorations of Christmas are now days manufactured with the advancement of the technical knowhow.  Today, the variety and colors of Christmas decoration is endless with the manufacturing of artificial Christmas poinsettias, foliage and greens.


Christmas flower: Because, mainly in December the Christmas poinsettia blooms in North America, the Mexican poinsettia is known as the Christmas flower and is mostly used due to its red color is mostly used as the Christmas decors. The poinsettia is also called as the flower of the Holy night because of native of Mexico, which are commonly of the color bright red and now the flower also comes in white, pink and other colors. The Mexican poinsettia’s bright petals are called bracts which are actually only the upper leaves of the plant which look like a flower. The bracts which are of the star shaped and symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, that is why these flowers became the symbol of the Christmas and are used as the decoration of the Christmas holidays and festival holidays. Actually the flower Poinsettia is named after Dr. Joel R. Poinsett, who was the 1st US ambassador to Mexico in 1825, he was of Charleston, South Carolina introduced the flower “Poinsettia’ in US as the symbol of Christmas in 1853 when he returned to US. He dedicated his whole of his last years of life for making the flower popular in the rest of the world.


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