Eleven months out of the year, many of our drive-up and interior units contain boxes and boxes of ornaments, decorations, and Christmas trees. If you use STORBOX Self Storage, you may have a tree or two at our Pasadena storage facility right now.
But how much do you know about Christmas trees?
In the Beginning
The history of holiday tree decoration begins long before the advent of Christianity and the celebration of Christmas. Today, we decorate our homes with different types of evergreens such as pine, spruce, and fir at Christmastime. Evergreens, however, have very little to do with Christianity. Before Christmas was celebrated, many different cultures put up evergreens to ward off evil spirits and illnesses. Other cultures decorated evergreen boughs as a reminder during the cold winter months that green plants would grow again and sunshine would return.
Around the time of the winter solstice in mid December, ancient Egyptians would fill their homes with green palm to symbolize the god Ra’s triumph over death. Early Romans decorated their homes with evergreen boughs during the winter solstice, as well. Celtic druids in Northern Europe decorated temples with evergreens to symbolize everlasting life. The evergreens were even special for the Vikings in Scandinavia, who considered them the plant of the sun god, Balder.
The Christmas Tree Tradition
According to History.com, the Germans are widely credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we know it today, sometime during the 16th century. Some believe the German monk, Martin Luther, helped popularize decorating trees when he added lighted candles to an evergreen. German settlers brought the tradition of decorating trees at Christmastime to the United States starting in the mid-18th century.
Protecting Your Tree
The history and memories that are made with your own tree are what matters. Make sure you store your artificial trees in a tree bag or a hard-sided box that will preserve its shape. If possible, store your tree in a place with as little humidity as possible and a controlled temperature between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also store your tree in a place that is secure from birds, rats and mice, which would love to make your artificial tree their home.
All of us here at STORBOX wish you and yours safe and happy holidays!