Boughs of holly, candy canes and visions of gifts under the tree. These are just a few things that help make the season merry and bright. With the holidays just around the corner, many people have begun their own traditions. The Elf on the Shelf has appeared in many homes. Children are enjoying Advent calendars of all sorts and kinds, trees are decorated or candles are being lit.

Plants and greenery are an integral part of holiday traditions and celebrations. Incorporating the outdoors inside enjoys a long history with winter holiday celebrations. Poinsettias, one of the most popular potted plant this time of year, are native to Mexico and were brought to the United States in the late 1800’s by Joseph Poinsett, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Mexican tradition believes the Poinsettia holds significance as a Christmas symbol, making it an important part of the holiday. Decorated evergreen trees that adorn many homes this season is a tradition that dates back to Germany, almost 400 years ago. In even earlier times, Egyptians and Romans incorporated decorated trees in their winter celebrations. Mistletoe actually enjoys the longest history of use as a holiday decoration, with ancient people believing it held magical and medicinal powers. Even today, mistletoe enjoys the power to bring people together, as everyone knows what happens under the mistletoe.

Beautiful evergreen garland, the enchanting smell of rosemary and other green embellishments help incorporate the natural world in our celebrations and traditions. From all of us at Kramer Tree Specialists, we wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with delightful traditions.

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