Setting up and adorning the Christmas tree is a highlight of the Christmas season. And especially the lights, be it little electrical bulbs or candles, create the very special atmosphere on Christmas. In particular real wax candles transform everything in their warm, peaceful and festive light. It is said that Duchess Dorothea Sybille of Silesia was the first to decorate a Christmas tree with candles.
Especially during Christmas time, when a lot of candles are burning simultaneously, it is important to use candles with the RAL Quality Mark. They burn with a minimized smoking and sooting and do not contaminate the room air. The manufacturers of candles with the RAL Quality Mark use neither polluted raw materials nor hazardous candle colours and lacquers.
If several safety instructions are heeded, the use of real candles for the Christmas tree is absolutely safe. Candles must not burn unwatched. They must be extinguished before everybody leaves the room. Furthermore, they must not be fixed on the tree exactly one upon the other and a distance of 15 cm (5.91 inches) must be kept between them. A fir with a root ball is ideal, as it does not dry as fast as a cut tree and hence is not such a fire hazard. A fire extinguisher or a bucket full of water should be kept near the tree in case of emergency.
Candles for the Christmas tree are available in all fashionable colours as well as in the classic white and red. Very beautiful are also candles made of beeswax – they smell wonderfully like honey and, for many, bring back memories from childhood.
The History of the Christmas Tree
Evergreen plants were a symbol of fertility and vitality in different cultures many centuries ago. Thus were green leaves a sign of hope during winter for the always returning spring. In ancient Rome people were decorating their houses with laurel leaves. In the more northern areas fir branches were used in houses to protect the people from evil spirits.
The first written evidence of an adorned fir tree is from the Middle Ages: In 1419, in Freiburg, the bakers of the town erected a tree on Christmas and decorated it with sweets. On New Year’s Day children were allowed to shake the tree and plunder the treats.
Already at the beginning oft he 17th century the setting up of a Christmas tree was a widespread tradition, whereas at the beginning only the privileged could afford a fir tree. In Middle Europe firs were quite rare and thus very expensive. Beginning with the middle of the 19th century more and more fir and spruce forests were planted to cover the increased demand of Christmas trees.
1830 /1878 - The first glass Christmas balls / and tinsel are produced.
1848 – A German immigrant brings the tradition of the Christmas tree to the US.
1882 – The first tree is illuminated with electrical lights.
1891 – The first Christmas tree was installed in the White House during president Benjamin Harrison’ administration.
More information on and inspiration for decorations with Christmas candles, as well as the new decoration trends for Christmas trees are available directly on the website of the European Quality Association for Candles under the heading Christmas Trees.
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