It’s that time of year and we’re getting excited here at Christmas by the Sea Shoppe! With the holidays around the corner, it’s never too soon to start decorating for Christmas! Whether you’re starting to scope out NH Christmas trees or getting into a little DIY ornamenting – we’re pumped and you should be too!
Christmas is a big deal. So much so that the infamous Christmas tree is a celebrated symbol worldwide. As we get ready to see what wonders the 2020 holiday will bring, we’re taking a look at some of the most famous trees that are sure to impress!
Rockefeller Center, New York City
Perhaps one of the most famous Christmas tree lightings of all is Rockefeller Center in New York City. Since 1931, this tradition has held strong and remains one that thousands of people look forward to each year. However, it wasn’t always the spectacular view we see today. In its earliest years, the tree was a mere 20 foot balsam fir decorated with paper garland, tin cans, and strings of cranberries. Today, the height varies, but the record remains in 2016 with a 94 foot Norway spruce.
Saint Peter’s Square Christmas Tree, Vatican City
If given the chance, another must-see is the Vatican City celebration, which never fails to impress. Also known as the Pope’s Christmas Tree, visitors are surrounded by holiday cheer with beautiful lights and 17 life-sized figures depicting the nativity scene. This tradition began when Pope John Paul II imported the first tree as a symbol of unification. Since, the offering of a Christmas tree to the Pope has become a great honor from countries across Europe. Today, the record is shared by Taverna and Bolzano, Italy – both with trees standing at 110 feet.
The Floating Christmas Tree, Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro, they undoubtedly know how to celebrate, and Christmas is no exception. Although it’s not technically the real deal, this 278-foot tall metal tree is the world’s largest floating tree. With more than 3 million lights, each year is designed to represent a new theme created by over 1,200 producers and engineers. As if that wasn’t enough, the season is kicked off with a massive fireworks display surrounding the lagoon.
Although the list goes on, we need to get back to NH Christmas trees! At Christmas by the Sea Shoppe, we have one of the largest selection of artificial trees in the region. Be sure to add us to the list of must-see places when beginning your holiday journey!