Dressing the tree

dressing the tree (19 Dec 2012)

dressing the tree (19 Dec 2012)

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The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime. (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Over recent years, it has been my habit to wind a green garland of synthetic pine around a cylinder of chicken wire, and to dress it with white lights and clear glass baubles. Year by year – remaining loyal to our family tradition – I have added to the collection of ornaments.

For this first Christmas in my new apartment, I wanted something sculptural and spare to complement the quiet stillness of my décor, but which would nevertheless look good dressed in glass. So I went to Trade Aid‘s Wellington store and bought a tall tree woven from bamboo.

The photo shows only part of the tree … I hadn’t yet decided on what this year’s new additions ought to be.

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