A Brief Insight Into The Evolution Of Christmas Trees

Christmas day is an important day celebrated globally especially by the people of the Christian faith. Christmas celebrations are aimed at commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a religious and cultural celebration observed annually on December 25.

Marking Christmas through decorations

Decorations commemorate the festivity, and one of the common practices involves decorating Christmas trees. The tree is seen as a symbol of Christmas season. Every year, individuals cut down the evergreen conifer trees and decorate them with lights and ornaments.

The Christmas tree

A Christmas tree refers to a tree decorated for the purpose of Christmas celebrations. The commonly decorated trees mainly belong to the conifers, and they include spruce, fir, and pine. The use of artificial Christmas trees is nowadays very common. The artificial ones are particularly important for indoor decorations.

The evolution of Christmas trees

The predecessors of the artificial trees were made from wood and resembled the pyramidal shape of conifers. Polyvinyl Chloride is commonly used to make the modern Christmas tree. Other types of Christmas trees include aluminium, and fibre optic illuminated Christmas trees.

Candle decoration of early Christmas trees

The early Christmas trees were decorated with lights from burning candles. The lights were adhered to the terminal end of the branches to represent shining stars. People used wax and pins to stick the candles on the trees. The candles posed a fire hazard to most people. As a precaution, most people erected their Christmas trees on Christmas Eve. This ensured that the trees would be up for a short period when the trees were still green and fresh and therefore less flammable.

Electric light decorations

With the advent of electricity, people started putting stringed lights on the trees instead of candles. Different coloured bulbs were wired together and put on an evergreen tree. This tradition took off and grew rapidly.

Early challenges of lighting bulbs on Christmas trees


During this time, it was quite costly to have Christmas tree that is lit. The common electric bulbs were used for decoration. The bulbs required being wired together via the expertise of an electrician. Homeowners that wanted to have a Christmas trees but lacked electricity had to purchase a generator to have the tree lit.

Required technical expertise

To avert the technical challenge, a user-friendly set of lights was developed. The light system contained screw-in bulbs and had a plug-in system for the wall socket. Despite all these efforts, the popularity of the trees did not grow that much. Many people still opted to use the risky candle lighting as a means to light up their Christmas trees.

Advent of smaller user-friendly lights

The popularity began to gain momentum when the idea to make multi-coloured lights was developed and implemented. Later on, small light bulb bulbs were developed. The miniature bulbs were stranded in a circuit containing 25 or fifty lights of different colours. This resembled the modern standard miniature bulbs. Today, there are wide options of colours and sized to select.

The modern Christmas tree lighting

The latest technology in the market is the use of Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The LED lights are more efficient and longer durability than their predecessor incandescent lights. Fibre optic Christmas trees are now available, and they produce spectacular illumination.

The Christmas trees have advanced from the use of natural evergreen tree species to the plastic PVC, aluminium and fibre optic Christmas trees.