It’s Christmas tree time – Bundaberg Today


Phil Fisher with Syzygium Bush Christmas.

Is it just me but Christmas seems to have come very quickly this year.

With the Botanic Gardens Christmas Light Night at the start of last week, it will be Christmas in the blink of an eye.

Next question – Do you have a fake Christmas tree or a real Christmas tree?

To me, nothing beats a natural Christmas tree and if you were to go to a nursery or garden this weekend, you’ll start to find dozens of options.

Although Australia has followed European traditions very closely, many Australian plants will make a hardy Christmas tree.

In recent years, many Australian native plants have become very popular replacements for the traditional pine and fir as Christmas trees.

Two of the best native Australian Christmas trees available to Queensland gardeners this year should be what has been labeled the Daintree Christmas Tree and the Bush Christmas Lilly Pilly.

The Daintree Pine or Gymnostoma australianum is native to a restricted area of ​​the Daintree Rainforest.

The Daintree Pine’s perfect conical shape and fine ferny bright green leaves make a great Christmas display indoors or out in the garden or in a tub.

Syzygium Bush Christmas is a very bright Lilly Pilly with a compact habit that requires very little pruning to maintain its compact habit.

The shrub is ideal for growing in large containers or small space gardens, as a low hedge, it will tolerate full sun or partial shade.

It should be watered regularly when growing in a hot sunny place and less often in partial shade.

The Australian Christmas trees used are Norfolk Pine or Araucaria excelsa, She Oaks such as Casuarina cunninghamiana and Black Cypress or Callitris endlicheri.

Did you know that many Australian natives are being exported around the world for use as Christmas trees?

A good example is the popularity of the Queensland bottle tree, or Brachychiton repestre, in Japan to help celebrate the holidays.

Artificial trees are still the most popular, but many families like to use trees like Japanese maple or Japanese cedar.

Christmas trees grown in nurseries in the United States are also exported to Japan, where most trees are usually small enough to fit on a table.

The Japanese will decorate their Christmas trees with a variety of paper ornaments, such as origami swans, as well as miniature candles, paper fans, lanterns and wind chimes.

But have you ever thought about where the tradition of having Christmas trees as part of Christmas celebrations comes from?

The tradition of Christmas trees dates back more than a thousand years, to the time when Scandinavians, before becoming Christians, worshiped trees.

After they became Christians, they made evergreen trees part of their Christian celebrations.

The legend of the first Christmas tree tells of an English missionary who, traveling through Europe about 1200 years ago, found a group of pagans about to perform a sacrificial slaughter to the god Thor under an oak tree.

The missionary stopped the sacrifice and cut down the oak, and when the oak fell, a young pine tree appeared.

He told people that the pine tree was the tree of life and represented Christ, so we traditionally have pine trees for Christmas.

The custom of decorating the Christmas tree came from another source. On the first day of January, the Romans exchanged decorated tree branches for good luck, and the English adopted this custom for Christmas.

However, the German town of Strasbourg, which was part of France at the time, should be credited with being the first to use Christmas decorations, selling gilded nuts, stars, angels, toys and sweets wrapped in shiny paper. their local markets.

People in Poland also adopted the custom of decorating Christmas trees with glittery paper ornaments and candles.

Christmas wish

On behalf of my family and myself, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope 2023 will be a great year for Wide Bay.

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