Every Family has Their Christmas Tree Traditions
Every family has their own Christmas tree traditions when it comes to putting up the tree and trimming it. In some households, the Artificial or Real Christmas tree goes up Thanksgiving Day or the day after, while other families wait until Christmas Eve to put up the tree. Most, however get the ornaments out of storage and set up the tree at any point in between. There is no right or wrong time to set up and decorate your Christmas tree during the holiday season. Many families simply work it into their schedules wherever it fits.
The actual Christmas tree decorations are far more likely to follow a tradition in families than the timing of trimming the tree. Some are cultural and have to do with the family's heritage. For example, the Huffington Post says that because of a legend about a magic spider, families who originally came from the Ukraine may decorate their trees with spider webs. Additionally, many Americans are familiar with the German tradition of hanging a glass pickle on the Christmas tree in an inconspicuous place. The custom is supposedly to hide the ornament and the first child to find it on Christmas morning gets a special treat, though the German Way2 debunks that legend, revealing it as a marketing ploy to sell pickle-shaped ornaments.
New Christmas Tree Decorating Traditions
Other family Christmas tree decorating traditions are not passed down from the forefathers who immigrated to this country, but have been developed as a family grows. Some families prefer to decorate their trees to complement their decor, matching the lights, ornaments and garland with the color scheme of the home. Some families enjoy having a theme tree. For instance, all of the ornaments are cat figurines dressed as Santa. Still others prefer displaying only homemade ornaments on their tree. Whatever decorating style you prefer, make it your own family's tradition.