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Christmas Trees

Decorating Christmas trees is a relatively new tradition—it became popular in Germany in the 1800s—but it’s quickly become one of the most celebrated holiday customs. There are so many varieties of real and artificial Christmas trees available today, you’re sure to find an option that matches your home décor and preferences. The first choice you’ll need to make is whether to purchase a real or artificial tree—but beyond that, there are still endless possibilities. To help you sort through all the options, check out our glossary of evergreen trees and Martha’s favorite faux trees.

 

For a less traditional (and less expensive) take on the tannenbaum, choose one of our alternative trees made from unexpected materials, like PVC pipe or metallic paper. These modern tree interpretations lend a festive look to any room—and better yet, they won’t require picking up pine needles.

Decorating Christmas trees is a relatively new tradition—it became popular in Germany in the 1800s—but it’s quickly become one of the most celebrated holiday customs. There are so many varieties of real and artificial Christmas trees available today, you’re sure to find an option that matches your home décor and preferences. The first choice you’ll need to make is whether to purchase a real or artificial tree—but beyond that, there are still endless...

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One of nature's best decorating ideas is the snowflake: It adds sparkle to upturned eyelashes, embellishment to bare tree branches. With crocheted versions of this seasonal icon, you can bring its frosty filigree indoors.