Whether you employ a real or artificial Christmas tree for the holidays, it will most likely have a tree skirt. You can easily purchase or make your own. Even if you are not a truly home craft person, making your own personalized tree skirt is easy with all the Christmas tree skirt patterns available. Some even have matching stockings to purchase or make with the skirt.
Some of the countless Christmas themes to choose from are:
- Holy Night
- star patterns
- snow, snowflakes, snowmen, Frosty
- teddy bears
- candy canes
- pinecones and fabric with the words, “Noel, or Joy” printed on.
There are many fabrics to choose from also. Felt, velvet, wool, and some with fake fur trimming are common. Hand crocheted, embroidered, and sequined skirts are popular, and often passed down from one generation to another. Patchwork, applique, and panels make for decorative, festive accents on the skirt under the tree. The colors range from all with red, white, and green being most traditional in North America. Purple is elegant, like silver, or white and gold. The beauty of it is that whatever you choose to make or purchase it is your style that shows through. That is because there is so much available to choose from. If you purchase a Christmas tree skirt you can always add something to it (fringe, or a felt cutout of something pertaining to your family). You may like folk art patterns that are available to buy and make, or buy already made. These are decorations from more primitive Yule seasons.
The 15th century is the first recorded history about dressing a fir tree for the Christmas season. It is from Livonia which is now the countries of Estonia and Latvia. Then in the 16th century in Germany the dressing began to grow to other countries. A mat or cloth was placed under the tree to catch falling nettles and candle wax from messing the floor up. It was also used to hide the tree stand. Now it is a fashionable accent for present placement, or even a train to circle round the tree. Another use is for a nativity scene placement.
There is some endearment to unpacking the Christmas decoration box and finding the skirt that Grandma made, or the one you picked out and have used annually. It becomes tradition with memories attached. You may even remember what that stain was from, or the piece you had to mend in the past. The associations of how you may have decorated when young kids were around to the time when it was okay to put that train on the beloved skirt. It all has to do with celebration and creating tradition.
Eventually the traditional song about the Christmas tree came about and it is called, “O Tannenbaum” (tannenbaum is German for fir tree). The English version is “O Christmas Tree.” Although the author/composer of the lyrics is unknown, the song has remained so very memorable and like the Christmas tree skirt, it shall probably continue to delight and endure.