Portraits of a Tree

A Christmas tree can come in many forms.

It could be a paper tree, felt tree, wooden ladder, a plastic tree, a real pine tree… it could be a small tree, big tree, medium sized or tiny.  It could be in black, white, orange, wood, green or blue.  It could be minimal, festive, colourful or monochrome. It could have gifts, it could have lights.

Every single home no matter what their economy is, erect and light up a Christmas tree during this season.

Germans are credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles. (From http://www.history.com )

Although we can credit the Germans for setting up the tradition, somehow the Swedes perfected it.  By making it more doable, fun and inexpensive.  Here are photos from  ikea sweden and  Nordic Design site that will encourage you to set-up your own Christmas tree if you haven’t or add more if  you already have!  Enjoy the beautiful photos!


Some trees I created for a classroom:


And this is my blurry take on it:


Few days to go and it’s Christmas loves!




Last night I watched in the news how typhoon Nona devastated thousands of homes Oriental Mindoro particularly Mangyan communities.  At the end of the news report it was captured in their video that despite of their situation, one Mangyan still managed to put up a parol (Christmas lantern) to still celebrate Christmas. If you want to help the victims of typhoon Nona please click here.  Thank you!










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