Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A history of the Christmas Tree in the US of A!

The tree pictured is the tree my mom and dad carefully decorate every year and one that the family loves to see and enjoy!

History of the Christmas Tree - How did the tree come to the U.S.A.?
The history of the Christmas tree in the United States dates back to the time of George Washington and his defeat of the German Hessians in the year 1776. The Hessians were exuberant because they felt they held a winning hand in the war against George Washington and his troops. The war was during the Christmas season, which for the Germans was a time for food, songs, and decorated trees. In their busy efforts to celebrate the season, they paid little attention to their military duties. Therefore, the German Hessians became easy prey for Mr. Washington. His troops were able to sneak in and defeat the foe who was ill-prepared for the onslaught.

After the war in 1776, many Germans stayed in the United States, introduced the Christmas tree, and shared their traditions. The size of the tree was limited to 8 feet, and decorations consisted of dolls, as well as sugar items.

As the years went by, the United States realized the need for a Christmas tree market. The first supplier, by the name of Mark Carr from the Catskill Mountains in New York, took it upon himself to cut down fir and spruce trees that grew in abundance. He then transported them to New York City where he rented space for $1.00, and sold small trees for .05 to .10 cents and 8 to 10 feet trees for .25 cents. He continued the business until the year 1898.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

A Christmas Marketplace Monday!!! with OFG

Olde Farmhouse Gathering is a wonderful group of talented artists and craftspeople who seel their ware at Etsy- a place for wonderful handmade creations.

Getting ready for Christmas is wonderful and I would like to share some items you could use to make your home welcoming and festive.

The items are from Joan of Vintage Keepsake Trunk.


Joan is a Prim Folk Artist who loves creating new designs and working from her favorite Prim patterns. She has been sewing for 35 years as a professional seamstress,
doll costumer, and a self taught primitive artist. She has a home based cottage industry with a large craft room and sewing studio and many of the locals come to my house to shop for their gifts and collectibles.

T'is the season to be merry---or almost---take some time, relax (we all need more of that sort of thing!) and shop at her store.