December 16, 2018
  • 9:34 am Where does the Christmas tree tradition come from? The magic of Christmas

The Christmas is approaching briskly, so it’s never too early to start thinking about decorations. One of the most loved and most popular decorations is definitely the Christmas tree 6.5ft tall.  If on the one hand, however, the Christmas tree makes everyone agree, on the other hand, it opens up a heated diatribe: real or artificial fir? Let’s try to evaluate the pros and cons of the two solutions so that the king of Christmas decorations is not a monument to consumerism but rather the emblem of a Christmas aware and eco-sustainable.

True fir is a living being

It must be admitted that the real tree is certainly more suggestive than the artificial Christmas tree. When, however, we take into consideration the choice to buy it, it is good to remember that what you bring home to make it not an object but a living being that you become responsible for all purposes. It is therefore evident that the essential prerequisite for choosing a real spruce is to be sure of being able to take care of it and, once the holidays are over, to plant it in your garden or deliver it to the appropriate collection centers. The Decalogue oozed by  Coldiretti  can be useful for orienting the purchase:

Before buying it take  the measurements  already deciding the place where you want to fix it, obviously far from heat sources and in a luminous position; buy it a  few days  in advance so that you are at home, but do not decorate it too early in order not to weigh down its branches and carefully avoid the use of spray snow that does not allow it to breathe; when you go to buy it, do not think to find  the “perfect” tree  because the characteristic of being inhomogeneous is implicit in the fact of being true; do not be afraid if you lose needles, the important thing is to keep the earth moist and plant it in a clay pot with some good soil. These tips refer to firs that can be bought in nurseries and not to those saplings sold without roots and destined to sure death. The price of the latter is certainly more tempting but it is still badly spent money because they are going to increase a market for nothing ecological. Attached to the tree there must be a ‘ label that indicates the origin – better Italian so as not to create botanical pollution – and if it is a fir tree for reforestation. Greenpeace offers an alternative: to decorate only pruning branches of the woods. A fair compromise between respect for the environment and the possibility of having natural decorations. Another option is to decorate a fir tree already present in your garden. In addition to being an eco-sustainable choice, it is absolutely the one that guarantees a fairy-tale effect. In any case, decorate it respecting it.

When the “fake” fir is recycled

The other side of the coin, or the synthetic fir, becomes the wisest choice for those who live in an apartment and not only would not have the place – after January 6 – where to plant the tree but not even a fresh and bright location where arrange it during the holidays. The use of an artificial fir is an ecological action to the extent that this decoration is “recycled” year after year and not considered as a disposable decoration. If you buy a fir tree in good quality, the cost is easily amortized and carefully storing it can be good for several generations.

An interesting proposal comes from the world of recycling.

It should be considered the synthetic fir before or after will end up in landfills creating pollution, but if you opt for a “fake” fir but created using recycled materials,  the choice is certainly more in favor of ecology. You can do it with plastic bottles and glasses, or with cardboard, pine cones, baking cups, spools and string and even with corks, creating a tree that will be recyclable. The multiple benefits of recycled fir, as well as having a positive impact on the environment, have positive effects on those who choose it: think about how relaxing it can be to set your  creativity up and running  to create a recycled tree;

involving the family in the construction “from scratch” of the fir tree creates  cohesion  and helps to enter the spirit of sharing Christmas; allows you to  reuse material  that is perhaps cluttering your attic; it can only be an absolutely  original Christmas tree, less anonymous and more personalized; building it you can tailor it to your home. After all, as an Armenian proverb says, to make a Christmas tree three things are indispensable: the tree, the decorations and the faith in the future. So it is not important if the spruce will be true or recycled what matters is to revive the essence of the symbol it represents. Christmas markets are becoming more popular in the Christmas atmosphere and are spreading both in large and small towns. In Italy they can be found different from those that last a few days to those that last for the entire Christmas period. The most beautiful are certainly in the north in the Trentino area, but also in cities like Rome and Naples there are historians. In short, if you want to fully experience the Christmas atmosphere and maybe look for that special and unique gift the Christmas markets are the right occasion. Christmas is known is the most beautiful time of the year. The cities are filled with lights and colors, wonderful decorations, Christmas trees from the most classic to the most modern and elaborate and the atmosphere that you breathe is joyful.

Christmas markets in Northern Italy

Surely northern Italy is the favorite place of Christmas markets that have a long history developed thanks to the link with the countries of Germanic origin where the Christmas markets were born. The most famous are:

Christmas markets in Bolzano;

Christmas markets in Trento;

Markets in Bressanone;

Christmas markets in Merano;

Christmas markets in Vipiteno;

Markets in Rovereto;

Christmas in Turin;

Christmas in Milan.

Most are located in the cities of Trentino Alto Adige where the culture of Christmas markets is part of that tradition typical of the Nordic countries. Usually they all go from the last weekend of November to Epiphany.

The most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy, Christmas trees and decorations in the square

The most famous and beautiful in Italy is certainly that of Bolzano . There are 80 houses all rigorously made of wood inside the enchanting Piazza Walther. You can find local craft products both as decorations or gifts as well as food products such as Christmas pastry or the inevitable mulled wine that helps to heat up and makes purchases more pleasant. At the Valier Palace, the advent calendar and the enchanted Wood of Palais Campofranco are evocative and must be visited in Bolzano. In Trento, the markets are held in two squares of the city within the walls and also in this case there are unique and handmade products. Absolutely to try the enogastronomy sector where it is possible to taste the “braid mochèna”, the “polenta brustolada” and the delicious parampampoli a very special drink that mixes coffee, wine and grappa with sugar and honey, the right amount of charge and sweetness to defend against the cold.

Christmas market in Bressanone

The scenery in Bressanone is the fabulous Piazza Duomo. Spectacular is the transformation of the façade of a building in the advent calendar and also here there are about 50 chalets that see handicrafts in wood and glass and typical food and wine products of Trentino. In addition there are exhibitions, concerts, unique and spectacular events.

Christmas in Merano

Merano market in Merano, the markets are located in the city center and along the river. They are extremely “green” and the highlight is the skating rink. An evocative mountain village where events and concerts never fail and where to indulge in the purchase of unique and interesting products. The medieval town of Vipiteno is decorated with fabulous decorations and unique lights of the Tower of the Twelve and the stalls sell famous and delicious pastries lebkuchen, typical homemade biscuits and South Tyrol objects. Do not miss the nativity scene made up of handmade statuettes.

Markets in Rovereto

Christmas Rovereto

The last city of Trento, but not for the importance and beauty of the markets is Rovereto. The “Natale di Popoli” market is a tour of the world that reveals the folklore of different countries. It was born as an event to celebrate the Christmas truce from the war in 1914. Artists and artisans from various parts of the world are told through their culture and their typical products. There are also crafts and local products.

Christmas markets in Turin

Turin Christmas market

In that of Piedmont, the markets of the city of Turin are inevitable. Of a shorter duration, usually from December 4 to 23, they take place in the Cortile del Maglio, in the Borgo Dora neighborhood. Banquets come from all over Italy and sell handmade items, but also typical products of enogastronomy. Do not miss the nativity scene created by local artists in Piazza Castello.

The Milanese Christmas

Milanese markets

Could not miss the coolest city in Italy Milan. There are two very famous markets of shorter duration than the others in Italy. The first from 7 December to the following Sunday is the Oh Bej! Oh, Bej! .With a frame, the Castello Sforzesco has been set up since the 13th century. The second is at the fair in Rho is a very famous and popular market show.

Christmas markets in central and southern Italy

The most beautiful Christmas markets in central Italy are:

in Rome;

in Florence;

in Viterbo;

in Naples.

The Christmas markets in the capital:

The capital of Italy is rich in Christmas markets. From that at the Circle of Artists to the former Lanificio, from those in the squares of the various districts of the city to those within structures such as Eataly, the city offers really many choices. The most ancient and evocative remains that of Piazza Navona (even if for some years it has not been carried out due to technical problems related to the competition) where craftsmanship meets food and wine all in one of the most beautiful frames in Italy. inevitable is the historic carousel of horses that makes the little ones dream, but also the big ones. In Renaissance Florence , Christmas markets are located in various parts of the city. The most ancient and evocative is in Piazza Santa Croce the typical German Christmas market Weihnachtsmarkt that with its 500 years of history is among the oldest. Also fascinating is the Florence-Noël exhibition-market at the Leopolda station with the reconstruction of the Santa Claus House where there is the post office to send the letters to the little dreamers and the delicious chocolate village.

Relatively young only born in 2016 the Christmas Village of Viterbo . In the splendid medieval setting of the historical center of the city with Palazzo dei Papi in the background the market is developed as a small village with wooden houses where you can find handicrafts and local products.

Neapolitan Christmas Markets

In southern Italy the city of Naples holds the record . In the pulsating heart of the city between via Spaccanapoli and via di San Gregorio Armeno, among the stalls and craft shops, the main element are the statuettes of the nativity scene made strictly by hand. Unique objects also famous for portraying the characters of the year and the myths of all time like Maradona. Walking through the lights and the Neapolitan folklore is unique and exciting. The markets in Italy are spreading, always trying to maintain the respect of craft products and the typical food and wine of the various Italian places.

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