There is no doubt about it; for many of us, Christmas would not be Christmas without the presence of a decorated tree. If we give it too much thought, the notion of putting a tree inside our house and covering it with tinsel, lights, and baubles may seem strange, but this is a tradition steeped in history – let’s take a closer look to find out everything you need to know.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Use a pencil and a ruler to create a triangle in the center of the page and split this in half with a straight line.
Now add another “point” to the tip of the triangle.
Turn this point into a star at the top of the tree.
Now add two triangles flanking the tip – these should have slightly curved edges.
Repeat this triangle shape down both edges of the triangle to create the outline of the Christmas tree.
Use an eraser to remove the outside lines of the circle – leaving you with the shape. Then, use a pencil to add a series of double lines to the tree, crisscrossing across the surface.
Now create more sets of double lines, curved across slightly from the other side.
Use a black liner to go over the curved lines, decorations, stars, and sharp outlines.
Then, use an eraser to remove everything else, leaving you with clear, bold outlines.
Grab a yellow pen, and fill in the bottom left-hand triangle, the middle triangle, and the edges just above this. You can also fill in the star, and the triangle just below this.
Use an orange pen to add color to the triangles just beside and above the yellow ones you just completed.
Use a red pen to fill in the sections beside the orange and yellow ones…
And a green pen for the bottom corner, the central section, and one at the top.
Next, grab a pink pen for the rest of the sections!
And there we have your very own unique and abstract Christmas tree. The real question is just what will the rest of your decorations look like; time to get creative and put your pencils to work!
As the song tells us, Christmas is, without a doubt, the most wonderful time of year. A key aspect of the celebrations includes carrying on traditions, both within your immediate family, and as part of wider society.
There are a few aspects which really “make” Christmas for many people – presents are a given of course – as well as plenty of twinkling fairy lights, carols in the streets, certain foods including mince pies and eggnog, and a plethora of decorations everywhere you look – including the Christmas tree.
Did you know that its history actually dates back to at least two millennia – and that the tradition is unlikely to have started with Christians? According to experts – and doesn’t that sound like the best job in the world – pagans we’re decorating and worshipping Evergreen trees around 2000 years ago, using them as symbols of fertility.
The tradition carried on into the 1500s and 1600s – at this point inhabitants of Latvia and other Eastern European countries began decorating trees at Christmas.
Later on, Germans adopted this tradition, and it continued to spread throughout Europe. The notion reached England in the 1840s, courtesy of Prince Albert – husband of Queen Victoria, who was then the reigning monarch. He included a decorated Christmas tree in the royal family photograph, and the trend caught on throughout England.
Later, the idea was imported across the United States, well it remains an essential aspect of Christmas decorations for thousands of people each year.