Does a Christmas tree shop only sells Christmas trees? Come on in, shop online and check out our featured products! But the question you should ask yourself is the purpose of a year-round Christmas tree shop. Once you’ve mulled that over, stop assuming that a shop chain has to have a relevant or even accurate name. The Christmas Tree Shop chain is a huge success in the United States. Contrary to popular misconceptions, these shops sell a wide variety of home and garden products, trinkets, and anything else you could need. They most likely sell Christmas trees during the Christmas season to warrant the name Christmas Tree Shops.
Christmas Tree shop, perhaps not known worldwide, is a huge shopping franchise spanning the U.S. To help you visualize its scope, think of the proliferation of Loblaws or The Bay across Canadian shopping centres. They are virtually ubiquitous, dotting the landscape every mile or so, like a Starbucks or Tim Hortons. That’s what ‘Christmas Tree Shops’ is to Americans.
The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum or “Tannenbaum”) with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.
Other than that specific chain, Christmas tree shopping is an important part of the holiday fun for the kids. Picking out the biggest Christmas tree (it’s more fun if you don’t have to put it together) is part of many family traditions. To stock sufficient Christmas trees to areas where conifers are not indigenous, Christmas trees are shipped from Christmas tree farms. It’s not Christmas without the redolence and asymmetry of a real tree to hang your ornaments on.
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