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Published: 5 Dec 2012      

Christmas trees are a central part of Christmas celebrations around the world. Families gather around them to exchange gifts, towns put them up in their centres. You will find them in nearly every hotel and shopping centre. But where did the Christmas tree come from?  Who made the first artificial Christmas tree? Although you probably have your own Christmas tree each year, you may not know the very interesting history behind them.

Although there's some debate as to whether the Christmas tree, as it's used today has pagan origins. It's clear that several non-Christian cultures brought evergreen plants indoors at the time of the winter solstice. The first use of Christmas trees as they're known today dates back to the 1500's. Some claim the tree originated in Germany in the mid 1500's and a few even believe in a legend that St. Boniface created the Christmas tree in the 7th century.

Today Christmas trees come in many forms, natural and artificial, undecorated, decorated with candles, lights, ornaments and treats, coloured, fibre optic, and even upside down Christmas trees! The Christmas tree is not without controversy. It has been condemned as a pagan symbol, renamed a holiday tree and removed from public spaces due to political correctness, and blasted by environmentalists!

Christmas trees are as iconic as the Christmas story, so they should always be front and centre, gleaming through the front window. Whether you're into art-nouveau and  buy a fake white tree, or go traditional with a fresh spruce, you must have a Christmas tree. As the seasons come and go, so do their trends, including Christmas decorating trends. So don't let the Smiths take the neighbourhood award again this year for "Best Christmas Tree!" You can outdo them by setting up an amazing display!

Here's Topping Forty’s best 2012 Christmas Trees

Tesco

Tesco 6ft Canadian Hook Christmas Tree
Price: £39.97
This 6' hook Christmas tree from Tesco can help bring a spirit of festive cheer to your home. Realistic pine foliage in a warm, inviting green colour brings an authentic festive feel to any living space. The tree comes with hook branches, enabling you to arrange it however you like. Mounted on a metal base for stability.

Festive 6ft White Iris Princess Pine Christmas Tree
Price: £82.85
This Iris princess pine tree in white will add a magical touch to your living area this Christmas with its snow effect, glittery design. The tree comes with hook branches, enabling you to arrange it however you like. Mounted on a metal base for stability.

 

Home Base

Green Montana Tree 7ft
Price: £39.99
This 7' hook Christmas tree from Home Base can help bring a spirit of festive cheer to your home. This tree is a classic shaped Christmas tree which looks great with at least 160 lights. The tree comes with hook branches, enabling you to arrange it however you like. Mounted on a metal base for stability.

White Shimmer Tree 5ft
Price: £19.99
This White Shimmer Tree is a winter white statement tree which looks great with at least 80 lights. The tree comes with Pull down branches, enabling you to arrange it however you like. Mounted on a metal base for stability.

 

Argos

Green Norway Mixed Christmas Tree 8ft
Price: £59.99
This elegant Norway Mixed Christmas tree is awaiting your personal touch this Christmas. Add tinsel, sparkling lights and possibly a gold star tree topper to make it the perfect focal point to help create your very own winter wonderland this festive period.

White Spruce Christmas Tree with Lights 6ft
Price: £47.99
This icy look Christmas tree looks striking in stunning white. It comes with lights to brighten up those dark wintery nights.

 

Marks and Spenser’s

Highland Tree 6ft
Price: £70.00
A large artificial tree with plenty of space for family decorations and room underneath for presents! The realistic green shades of the branches make this tree perfect for any colour scheme. Stand is included.

Luxury Woodland Tree with Artificial Snow 6ft
Price: £125.00
A strikingly realistic looking artificial tree complete with a snowy finish. The branches of this tree look great with decorations in any colour scheme, especially with a set of twinkling fairy lights!