The tradition of bringing a tree into the house and decorating it for Christmas originated in Germany more than 400 years ago but didn’t gain popularity in the United States until the mid 1800s. In those days, trees were cut from the wild or from the family woodlot and certainly weren’t as full and shapely as the trees we buy now. See more about the history of Christmas trees and traditions in America.Today, family woodlots are few and far between, and with the demand for “that perfect tree,” almost all Christmas trees are professionally grown. Many families still like to share in the experience of cutting their own Christmas tree by visiting a choose-and-cut tree farm. Harvesting your own tree is the surest way of knowing that it is as fresh as it can be.
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Display your tree in a cool room, if possible, and never near a wood stove, radiator, or other source of heat. Even under the best of conditions, some needle drop is natural.
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During the holidays, we trim the tree with ornaments. See how to make these easy (and fun) cinnamon dough ornaments.
However, remember to trim the tree after the holidays for continued enjoyment! Set it out in the yard decorated with popcorn, peanuts, and other snacks for the birds and squirrels. Back in its natural environment, your tree should remain beautiful through the winter.Gifts for Under the Tree If you’re still scrambling for Christmas gift ideas, consider Gift Jars, a wonderful way to remember someone by giving a gift from your kitchen. Then fill that lovingly decorated jar with Fiery Pepper Vinegar. If the kitchen’s busy, try The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store! We love the classic pie basket in the Basket & Baking Collection.
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Prior to midweek, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, downpours and hail will threaten areas from Indiana to Texas.
Millions travel to Washington, D.C. each year to catch a glimpse of the magnificent pink blossoms.
Following rain and snow in the Northwest on Sunday, another storm will take aim at California and the Southwest Monday into Tuesday.
A potent line of thunderstorms will sweep across the Northeast into Saturday night with damaging winds, hail and downpours.
Soaking rain and locally severe thunderstorms will take aim at the eastern United States around the middle of the week.
A large part of South America will be treated to a "ring of fire" solar eclipse on Sunday, but only if the weather cooperates.
After record-shattering warmth baked the mid-Atlantic and Northeast to end the past week, much colder air will settle over the region on Sunday.
A widespread outbreak of severe weather is threatening a large portion of the Midwest.