Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • Ultimate Cheesy Christmas Music Guide

    Dec 12, 2014

    It’s finally December which means it is time to break out the Christmas tunes. We all have our own Christmas music guilty pleasures, whether that is Wham's Last Christmas or Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas. To help inspire your playlist, here is the ultimate Christmas Tree World Christmas music guide, they are sure to get you all in the festive spirit:

    1. White Christmas  - Bing Crosby

    An oldie but a goodie, Bing Crosby singing White Christmas from the 1954 musical film, White Christmas

    2. Walking in the Air - From the film The Snowman

    A childhood classic, Walking in the Air is from the animated 1982 film, The Snowman. Although the song was later released by Aled Jones, Peter Auty was the original voice for the film.

    3. Last Christmas - Wham

    Released in 1984 by the band Wham, this is a must on any Christmas list!

    4. Let it Snow - Dean Martin

    Written by lyricist and Composer duo Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in July 1945, this is a Christmas classic.

    5. I wish it could be Christmas every day - Wizzard

    Glam rock band Wizzard released this song in Christmas 1973, when it reached number four in the UK Single charts.

    6. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

    This Christmas classic was released in 1987 and featured on The Pogues' 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God.

    7. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

    Christmas number one in 1973, this tune from British rock band, Slade is now certified platinum and sold over 1.21 million copies.

    8. Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney

    Written by the Beatle, Paul McCartney in 1979 and is still a classic today.

    9. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley

    It's the King himself, Elvis performing Blue Christmas with Martina McBride.

    10. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Jackson 5

    Released in 1970, the Jackson 5 Christmas hit has sold over 3.5 million copies.

    11. Baby it’s Cold Outside - Dean Martin

    This version was recorded by Dean Martin in 1959.

    12. Do they know it’s Christmas time - Band Aid (1984)

    Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, this Christmas classic has been so popular it has been re-released several times including this year.

    13. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon & Yoko Ono

    This Christmas standard was released in 1971and was the seventh tune from John Lennon after the Beatles.

    14. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

    Written in 1953 by Joan Javits  and Philip Springer and performed by Eartha Kitt. This is Christmas tune that has be covered by many artists including Ariana Grande in 2013.

    15. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

    With over 14 million copies sold and numerous covers, this is one of the best selling Christmas singles of all time. Co-written and performed by Mariah Carey. Christmas would not be complete without one listen, so here it is.

    Let us know if there is any Christmas tunes that you think we have missed? And of course, check out our fantastic range of artificial Christmas trees.

  • Global Guide to Christmas Tree Traditions

    Dec 12, 2014

    We love Christmas trees and all things Christmas but we all celebrate the season in different ways and have our own traditions. so here is a look at some of the different Christmas tree traditions across the globe.

    Australia

    In the UK Christmas is traditionally thought of with snow and wintry weather, in Australia it is the height of summer. Instead of decorating a fir tree, many Australians decorate Christmas Bushes, native plants with little red-flowered leaves.

    Brazil

    In Southern Brazil there is an abundance of Pine trees that are decorated with little pieces of cotton to represent falling snow, whereas in Northern Brazil where there is fewer pine trees available, many homes decorate artificial trees.

    Britain

    The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in Britain was first made popular by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who brought home a Christmas tree from Germany in 1841. The royal couple were then photographed in the newspaper in front of the Christmas tree in Windsor Castle. Decorating trees then became fashionable and the tradition spread.

    In Britain, Christmas trees are generally decorated with lights, tinsel and ornaments, while presents are left under the tree.

    Canada

    Due to early German settlers, the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree is now very popular in Canada. Reportedly the first Christmas tree was seen in 1781, German born Baron Friederick von Riedesel who settled in Sorel, Quebec decorated a tree with white candles. As more european settlers arrived in Canada, the tradition spread.

    Finland

    In 1829, Barön Klinckowstrom, a Helsinki nobleman, decorated the inside of his house with 8 Christmas trees; this was one of the earliest records of the Christmas tree in Finland. Nowadays trees are often not brought in the house until noon of Christmas Eve and Christmas ornaments are generally handmade.

    France

    In France, Christmas trees are decorated in much the same way as in Britain.

    Germany

    The tradition of Christmas trees can be traced back to as early as the 15th Century in Germany. It is believed that the first  German Christmas tree was set up in 1419 in Freiburg by the town bakers. The tree was decorated with fruits, nuts, and treats, which on New Year’s Day  the children  in the village were allowed to eat.

    Greece

    Although most homes now celebrate Christmas by decorating a tree, it is not traditional in Greece. Instead a traditional Christmas celebration is having a shallow wooden bowl with a piece of wire suspended across the rim.  A wooden cross is wrapper with a sprig of basil and hung from the wire. Each day, a family member will dip the cross in holy water and sprinkle it around the house to ward off evil spirits.

    Greenland

    In Greenland Christmas trees are decorated with ornaments and lights in the same way as celebrated across Europe. Presents are left under the tree for Christmas day.

    Italy

    In Italy, the nativity scene (presepio) is the focus of decorations for Christmas.  Trees are decorated with ornaments and lights that are Nativity themed.

    Another Italian tradition is the Ceppo, this consists of a triangle shaped decoration. The ceppo has three layers. The bottom layer traditionally depicts the nativity scene, the middle layer has fruits and nuts on it and the upper layers are for gifts. The ceppo can be several feet high is heavily decorated with colored paper, gilt pine cones and miniature colored pennants. Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides and a star or angel tops the triangle. The Ceppo is also known as the ‘tree of light’.

    Japan

    Christmas is not widely celebrated in Japan and it is not a national holiday. For those who do celebrate Christmas, trees are traditionally decorated with fans, paper ornaments, wind chimes. One of the most popular Christmas ornaments is the origami swan, which is seen as a symbol of peace.

    Norway

    One of the famous Norwegian Christmas tree traditions is the big Christmas tree that Norway donate each year to the UK as a ‘thank you’ for the help the UK provided Norway in the second World War. The tree is displayed in Trafalgar Square in London each year.

    Another Norwegian tradition is to decorated the Christmas Tree with small paper baskets called 'Julekurver' which are normally heart shaped.

    South Africa

    Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is celebrated in the middle of summer. Fir Christmas trees are still popular and usually decorated with tinsel and ornaments.

    Spain

    Similar to Italy, the Nativity is traditionally the focus for Christmas tree decorations.

    Sweden

    In Sweden the timing of the Christmas tree is very important, it must be up on Christmas and stay up until 12 days after Christmas. The tree is decorated with straw ornaments using stars, sunbursts and snowflakes. Straw is used in many Swedish Christmas decorations as a reminder that Jesus was born in a manger.

    USA

    Christmas is huge in America and Christmas trees are decorated in lights, tinsel, ornaments and sometimes strings of popcorn.

    That is just some of the Christmas tree traditions from around the world and if you have any special traditions we would love to hear about them., please let us know in a comment below.

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