Putting up the Christmas tree
In some communities putting up the Christmas tree on the 6th of December in honor on Saint Nicholas is tradition. The classic tradition is to put up the Christmas tree on the 13th of December, 12 days before Christmas day. Modern tradition is to put it up a tree the day or weekend after Thanksgiving. Thus on Black Friday. In Catholic tradition the Christmas tree is put up after noon on Christmas eve. All Christmas trees are cute, the sight of any should bring a smile to your face. And there are many types: from the small prepackaged collapsible artificial trees which you can pick up for a dollar or two to the 9.5 ft high Chesapeake Christmas tree, pictured, that comes with 1500 pre-lit clear lights and a $500 price tag. Those are of course non-drop trees. Non-drop, meaning the needles are retained by the tree, real Christmas trees are the Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir or Nordman Fir spruce tree varieties with the Scots Pine said to be the best retaining spruce tree with its long needles and fresh pine smell. The Blue Spruce is a low-drop tree. If you do not mind a bit of extra excitement with spruce fir needles among the gifts you can choose between the so-called Traditional Christmas trees: the Norway Spruce or the Omorica Spruce. The National Christmas Tree Association has all the tree facts.