Christmas tree’s tradition is rooted in Celtic culture: according to the Druids, the fir was a symbol of long life, given its evergreen characteristic. As winter approached, the fir trees were therefore cut and decorated with ribbons, torches, small bells and votive animals, to propitiate the favor of the spirits.
Later, the custom of the Christmas tree also made its way among Christians, recalling the biblical scene of Eden: on the night in which the birth of Christ is celebrated, the tree placed in the center of the garden of Eden becomes also the tree around which humanity rediscovers forgiveness.
The festively decorated tree is then found in Estonia around 1400: it was in fact placed in the square of Tallinn, and was the hub of the citizens' dances. In seventeenth-century Germany a tree appeared with the decorations that we still use: it was designed to fill and embellish a corner of the castle of the Duchess De Brieg, which had remained unadorned by the sumptuous decorations.
This tradition is more current than ever: on December 8, families meet to make their own tree, with decorations handed down through generations, or with ever new elements to renew the look of the house. But which is the most suitable position to welcome this symbol of the Festival par excellence?
Feng shui comes to our aid, an ancient Taoist art that seeks harmony. The Christmas tree should be placed in the richest corner of the house, as it represents the element of wood, a sign of abundance, and which can therefore be a good omen for the house and its inhabitants. So space in the living room or dining room! The area of wealth is usually identified in the south-east, and the tree must be placed in a clearly visible and, possibly, slightly raised position. Decorating the fir expands the energy of the space in which it is located, but be careful not to overdo the decorations, as excess hinders the harmonization of energies.
When placed in front of the front door, our decorative element will bring abundance and prosperity. If, on the other hand, you want to place the tree in a work environment, you can insert blue, silver and white decorations, colors linked to the water element, which favors a career.
In addition to wood, the Christmas tree also represents fire, an element that relieves tensions and emotional imbalances. In addition to the tree, candles can be used, which in addition to giving these benefits, generally give a feeling of welcome and intimacy. In addition, cinnamon, clove, orange or lemon essential oils can be used.