Modern Christmas can’t be imagined without many things. A brightly decorated Christmas tree is one of them. And as soon as it is dressed in its sparkling fragile jewelries, the spirit of the feast becomes very intense. Bright lights twinkle happily over dozens of fanciful decorations. The last ones have the special meaning for they are particles of our family history, while the rite of decorating itself symbolizes resurrection of our memory and records.
The modern Christmas tree, that is no more decorated only with food, sweets or ribbons, represents the development of our century, its cultural & scientific ups & downs. So many rockets appeared on Christmas trees after a man has conquered the space! Plains, trains and vehicles, as symbols of the progress, are often guests too. Bright multi-coloured baubles are mixed with Christian symbols, Nutcrackers, fairy-tale heroes, Santa Klauses, snowflakes, deers, various animals & birds, cones, vegetables & fruits. We’ve got even some amazing mushrooms made of papier-maché. And all that eclecticism passes our hope for the better future & a persistent belief in a miracle of the New Solar cycle.
Prompt development of our civilization has its inevitable impact on Christmas trees. Look at materials decorations are made from: those of the beginning of the 20th century are glass, paper, cardboard & from papier-maché; the modern ones are plastic or from other polymers.
No matter what route our life will follow, the Christmas tree as a symbol of a personalized human heritage will exist long after us, giving warmth of our hearts & pleasant recollections to our descendants. It is a living history depicted with peculiar objects and alike the tree of life, it connects the past, the present & the future, paying homage to Eternity.
And what are your favourite decorations, Esteemed Readers? I would be happy to learn of them. Share your considerations in comments.