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Thursday, December 20, 2007

The TreeKeeper Bag


Christmas is only days away now. There's still so much to do and so little time to do it. One thing you probably haven't even considered yet is cleaning up once the holidays are over. Luckily for you, the TreeKeeper bag can take care of your artificial Christmas tree storage giving you one less thing to think about. 

Many people prefer the artificial tree for its convenience and lack of mess, but getting your tree set up and put away every year can be frustrating. The TreeKeeper seeks to eliminate this problem once and for all. 

With the TreeKeeper bag, you just zip the bag around your tree while it's still standing and move it right into storage. It's even easier if you get the TreeKeeper PRO. The PRO comes with a rolling tree stand, meaning that once you zip up your TreeKeeper bag, you can roll it right into a closet or storage space. There's even a TreeKeeper for decorated trees. These bag are designed to protect your ornaments while they're still on the tree. 

All the TreeKeeper bags are made of tough, resistant nylon fabric, protecting them from moisture, mildew, or anything else that your basement could throw at it. Next Christmas, all you have to do is wheel your tree right back out, unzip the bag, and you're ready to get festive. 

Once you've got your tree all figured out, check out some of the other products that treekeeperbag.com has to help get you squared away for the holiday. There's the LightKeeper, which keeps your lights protected and organized. The WrapKeeper is used for wrapping paper and little odds and ends, such as tape and scissors. There's also the WreathKeeper, which as you've probably deduced, holds wreaths.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Bried History of Wreaths


The wreath is a staple around the home during Christmas. They're now synonymous with decorating for the holidays. But have you ever wondered where this tradition came from?

Wreaths actually began in ancient Persia, and they were not hung from the wall, but placed on the head. The first wreaths were originally head dresses worn at festive celebrations. No one is quite sure when they made the switch to wall decorations as we know them today, but the theory is that the wreaths were placed on wall-mounted hat racks and eventually became a decoration on their own.

Wreaths as we know them today were first popularized in the Germanic region of Europe. They began the popular tradition we have today of hanging decorative wreaths at Christmas time to celebrate the season. They typically used Advent Wreaths, which contain rings of candles in coniferous tree branches.

Today, wreaths are commonly seen throughout the entire year, not just at Christmas. Still, though, we have seasonal wreaths especially for the holiday season. Products like the WreathKeeper from treekeeperbag.com are great for storing them when the holidays are over.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Froehliche Weihnachten


German Christmas traditions are becoming quite popular here in the United States. That's good news for those who love elaborate and elegant ornaments. Germans tend to prefer high end items, and their Christmas decorations are no exception.

One German tradition of note is the glass pickle. According to legend, German parents would hide a pickle in the tree after all the other ornaments were up. Then, the first to find the pickle on Christmas morning would enjoy good luck for the next year. Stories of how this tradition began tend to differ on its true origin. Some say it stems from a German soldier fighting in the American Civil War. Others think its origins are too old to discover.

Many people in America have begun to adopt this German tradition as their own, but there's a tiny problem. Surprisingly few Germans have ever heard of it! Glass pickles are commonplace on trees in certain parts of Germany, but not many are familiar with the significance of doing so. In any case, glass pickles are still beautiful accents to your tree.

German pyramids are another gorgeous German decoration. The pyramid is a tiered tower carved from wood. Each tier is like a little room, housing tiny figures around a central column. A fan on top makes it look like something from out of Da Vinci's notebook. Candles at the base send warm air upwards, turning the fan blades, which in turn spins the central column, giving the illusion that the figures are moving on their own.

In addition to being lovely additions to your holiday tradition, both the glass pickle and the German pyramid are very fragile. Ornament storage devices, such as the OrnamentKeeper, are ideal for protecting your new traditions.