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If you're looking for something to do today then you better hurry because it's Look for an Evergreen Day!  Why'd you wait so long to find one?  Let's get right into celebrating Look for an Evergreen Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, Christmas isn't even a week away and, if you celebrate, then you'd better hope you have a tree up by now! And if not, then make a mad dash to a tree farm and kill two birds with one stone: get your tree and celebrate today. But, if you think about it, if this holiday has been going on for a while, and people in the old days didn't want dead pine needles all over their floor, then it makes sense to get it just before Christmas. You want it as green and fresh as possible for the holidays, and then you want enough time to get it out of your house before it dries up! We didn't always have special tree stands and vacuum cleaners, you know.  And the tradition of decorating evergreen trees has been going on for quite some time. In the 15th century, in Livonia, there was a group called the Brotherhood of Blackheads who was known to decorate a spruce tree, sing and dance around it and then set the tree on fire. Now that's a celebration! But that's not the only place evergreens popped up in the past.

The Germans, in the 16th century, also would decorate evergreen trees for two reasons. First, it was what they called a "paradise tree" which was used in a play, about Adam and Eve. They would hang apples from a fir tree, to represent the forbidden fruit. And it makes sense, if you're going to have a play that requires a live tree around this time of year, to use an evergreen, right? And that also means that, through that tradition, you shouldn't decorate your tree until Christmas Eve; the day of Adam and Eve. But they also would hang treats on trees in the guild-houses for the children of guild members.  So evergreen trees aren't always just green, they seem to always be putting in some kind of traditional work!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you don't already have a tree and you celebrate Christmas, then do as the holiday name says... go look for one! Head to a tree farm or out in the woods, if you own a plot of land. But the first step is to, at the very least, look for a tree. It might take you a little bit to find the perfect tree, but it's worth the search, right?  And you know what the next step is, don't you? Cut that sucker down, strap it on your car, haul it home and try not to get pine needles everywhere as you try to get it to the right room. But be careful, otherwise you could fail miserably, each and every step of the way. You don't want the tree to fall on someone when you cut it down, or the tree to slide off your roof as you drive it home or to knock over something expensive as you bring the tree into your living room. So celebrate slowly, and enjoy the experience.  But you know, there's a different way you can celebrate today. You don't have to take the life of your oh so green tree; you can decorate it right where it stands! And, if it's close enough to your house, you can light that baby up at night too. Why go through all the hassle, right? Let the tree live, keep the oxygen flowing and let your neighbors enjoy your decorated tree too!  Have a great and green day!





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