Posts Tagged ‘Tree’

General Sherman, Sequoia National Forest, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ e. e. cummings

Sequoia National Forest, 2016





I think this is where Charlie Brown purchased his Christmas tree at the Everglades National Park near the Redlands.

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colonial times holiday tree

Maybe  Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
~Dr. Seuss

This picture is from the early 80’s–my first apartment and my daughter’s first Christmas. As visible, the picture is quite worn. Just found it while perusing through old photographs. I discovered that in most of the best shots of holiday trees, people (friends, family and others) block the tree. It appears as though there was a time when I loved taking pictures of the people who accompanied me on my trips instead of taking pictures of the places I visited.

Now, I mostly take pictures of places.

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As you probably know, there are many different holidays celebrated during the latter parts of December.  The time is not owned by Christians or Christianity, and the cheery habit of decorating a tree has no connection to Christianity at all.  Anyone who wants to can do it, and they can call it what they will.  Calling it a “stuffed wallaby” would of course be wrong, deceptive, and misleading, so something like “holiday tree” would be a better choice. ~Cardinal Fang

My neighbors do not put up an inside holiday tree but like to dress up their outside palm tree to cheer up the neighborhood. This year, this is what they did, which I thought was an excellent idea. Sorry about the grainy picture. Again, my tool of the photography is a dismal GE Digital camera with bare minimums. It is so much more cheerful and delightful in person–the tree is.

Hope you enjoy!

As with most, the origin of the Christmas Tree and its symbolic representation have been lost in translation during the last few centuries, appearing to be “only” Christian when, indeed, it was anything but.

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Christmas trees appear to have originated more as a symbolic representation and reminder of the strengthening sun and the coming season of fertility during frigid and fruitless winter nights. Through its symbolism, the Christmas tree provided cheer and warmth as well as comfort through the darkness of bleak coldness.

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I took this picture last Wednesday in the historical city of Coral Gables, Florida. The majestic tree, dwarfed by the branches that frame it within this picture,  appears in front of City Hall. This is the area of Coral Gables most famous for its Saturday mornings Farmer’s Market. Also, during Christmas time, the park in the center of the rotunda displays and offers holiday scenes, activities and fun for children and grownups alike.

Before the ice is in the pools,
Before the skaters go,
Or any cheek at nightfall
Is tarnished by the snow,
Before the fields have finished,
Before the Christmas tree,
Wonder upon wonder
Will arrive to me!

~Emily Dickinson

Did the Romans decorate their homes with Christmas trees? Although not a Christmas tree as we know today, the Romans used Evergreen boughs as a reminder that the coming Solstice would bid farewell to the dark, frigid days of winter. Soon, the warmth of the strengthening sun would welcome fertility’s arrival.

Colonial Tavern Holiday Tree

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect. ~Oren Arnold

In ancient times pasts, Christmas trees reminded people of days of warmth when the sun helped keep everything GREEN! During cold, dark winters, Evergreens decorated homes to bring sunlight and cheer to all.

Took this picture at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida.