Tradition of Christmas trees

The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th century. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century.

The Christmas tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which with electrification could also be replaced by Christmas lights. Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes.An angel or star may be placed at the top of the tree, to represent the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime.

Vintage Christmas Tree Picture


Popular Christmas tree species in the UK

UK Christmas Tree species


Traditional trees

  • Norway spruce – The favourite Christmas tree in England. It has the shape, smell and tradition of Christmas past. Following our tree care instructions will help one of these trees retain its needles.
  • Omorika spruce – Similar to the Norway Spruce, perhaps a little darker and with a narrower base, it takes up less space, allowing it to fit into the smallest of locations.

Non-drop Christmas trees

  • Nordman fir – The original non-drop tree with good needle retaining properties, soft, wide and flat, dark green needles. The tree presents a wide conical shape, and the branches are not too dense.
  • Fraser fir – Similar to the Nordman fir in its needle retaining properties and its soft, wide and flat, dark green needles. The top of the Fraser fir has more branches than the Nordman fir and the base is not as wide, making it an ideal tree if space is at a premium.
  • Douglas tree – A light green colour, thin but still soft and relatively long needles that have a wonderful citrus smell makes this tree unique. Needle retention is good. Unfortunately, not available this year.
  • Scots pine – The best needle retaining tree there is, it has very long needles that give a lovely pine smell to any room.
  • Blue spruce – A low-drop tree that often has a distinctive silver-blue colour and a smell that is reminiscent of Christmas.

How to buy the right Christmas tree?

Most importantly, a recently cut, fresh tree need to be chosen. You can see this from the bright needles, the needles don’t fell if you shake the tree, and it needs to be heavy because of the high water content. After care is important as well. Keep it outside in a cool shaded place, preferably standing in water, for a day or so before moving it indoors. Before you take it in, cut half an inch off the butt to open up its pores. Mount it in a water-holding stand or wedge it in a bucket with pebbles, small stones or screwed up newspaper, and place it away from direct heat. Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much it drinks.

Dorset Christmas Trees

Where to find your Christmas tree in Dorset?

It is now possible to rent a Christmas tree for the festive period. Your chosen tree is dug up prior to being delivered at home, complete with a sustainable root system. Come 6 January, the supplier returns to pick it up and it’s replanted and grown on for next year. It’s not a budget option, but is surprisingly cost effective, given that it is delivered and collected, and you know your tree will go back into the ground for another 12 months.

Rent your Christmas tree in Dorset from the Christmas Tree Man.

Martin Cake is passionate about saving Christmas Trees. The tree will come in a pot which keeps the tree alive. You will be given some feed to keep the tree healthy and when Christmas is over they will pick your tree up and return it to the ground where it will provide an ecosystem for wildlife and will continue to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and counteract global warming.

Rent your Dorset Christmas tree.

Trees for rent has been established to help make your Christmas be as environmentally friendly as possible. By renting a live pot grown tree that can carry on growing outside after the Christmas period, you are not only saving a tree from being destroyed but helping the natural ecological system of wildlife that can use this tree for the rest of the year.

Rent Christmas Trees

Traditional way: Buy your Dorset Christmas tree.

Their range is extensive – cut and rooted trees, plus they are the leading suppliers of 10ft plus trees. For the budget conscious, they have introduced a value range of non-drop trees which are very competitive in price and still a great shape. All non drop trees come with a needle retention guarantee.


Real or artificial Christmas tree?

A Christmas tree is the focal point of the advent-time, and the focal point of the holiday season. We are bringing the magic into our home when everything is cold, grim and dull outside. It’s about the way we trim and adorn our trees, about how they express our personalities and families.

Nowadays, the main question about buying a tree is, is the real or the artificial tree better? Even the artificial trees can be reused in the next years, are flexible and is easier to store and handle, lot of people says they won’t buy them as they don’t have the real Christmas aroma, presence and spirit. Besides, artificial trees are made from PVC, a non-biodegradable plastic, transporting them adds to their carbon footprint. Also, a good quality artificial tree can cost hundreds pounds.

Most people have a nostalgic attachment to real Christmas trees and see tree picking decorating as a beloved ritual. And nothing beats the smell of a real tree in the house. We can buy living trees in pots, for rental or planting out to the garden after Christmas. The idea is to rent the tree for the Christmas period so that the tree can return to its field to help combat carbon dioxide emissions, thus helping the environment.