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A Christmas tree, also known as Christmas tree, fir fir holiday or celebration is Christmas decoration (often associated with Christmas gifts) for stress Christianized pagan tradition by the Christian churches throughout the Middle Ages and widespread in the late eighteenth century.

The tree has become an object of mass consumption for the month of December, plantations only intended to provide the application is made to limit cuts in wood. Until there is little, 'fir' Christmas was in about 70% of cases, not a white fir (Abies alba), but a Norway spruce (Picea abies) tree cheaper and faster growth, but keeps its needles shorter than the Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) appeared more recently on the market and is growing steadily. In Canada, the tradition, the balsam fir (Abies balsamea) which has the property to generate a strong fragrance appreciated are used. Another species is also used in Canada, Fraser fir (Abies fraseri), which gives no fragrance but retains its thorns better than balsam fir.

As part of the Christian tradition, the Christmas tree should not be erected before Christmas Eve, that is to say on December 24 and must be removed after twelve nights, for Épiphanie1. In fact, the street decorations start much earlier and it is not uncommon for a tree to survive until Candlemas few days before the beginning of Lent.

Christmas trees can be cut or sold in pots, which allows replanting at the end of the festivities. Fir planted itself can serve as outdoor Christmas tree: the generalization of electric garlands 'all weather' allows individuals to decorate a tree in their garden, often visible from the street and the front of their house.

The use of artificial plastic tree, often collapsible, reusable, is an alternative to that of the natural tree. Some of these trees are sold 'snow' (the leaves are white plastic and are coated with a white powder) or even decorated (balls and pre-hung garlands) or scented. This treatment can also be done on natural trees. The public image of a fir plastic is worse than that of a natural tree, but it is often the most economical way (long-term), the less messy and more convenient (no elimination tree to predict) who lives in the city. In addition, the variety of sizes allows you to choose a tree corresponding to the space available in the habitation2. However, although it is reusable many years this type of tree is anything but green (see Environment below) and environmental impact is much more important than natural tree.

Also known as 'Christmas tree' or 'Christmas tree' of a company or organization the party organized by a committee of company employees and their families, often with a show for children, discount gifts and goûter.

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