TOMMY TIMBER
the Story of a Christmas Tree 

TOMMY TIMBER
la Historia de un Árbol de Navidad

NOW AVAILABLE IN English y Español.

 
A Christmas Storybook, Audio Book, and Musical CD
 * Words and music by Denny Slawn and Don Berman
 * Also contains sheet music, sing-a-long lyrics and a 'decorate Tommy' yourself page.

 







A HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE TRADITION


The tale of TOMMY TIMBER is based on the fact that Christmas tree growers, and lot sales operators, commonly give away trees on Christmas Eve to those unable to pay for them. 

Many ancients celebrated the shortest day of the year by decorating with evergreens as a reminder that green plants would grow again with the return of summer.

The Germans are usually credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it. In the 16th century they began bringing trees into their homes and decorating them with fruits, nuts, berries and cookies.

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, were sketched standing with their children around a Christmas tree. What was done at court quickly became fashionable in Britian and the United States.

In the early 20th century Americans began decorating their trees with homemade ornaments. Dyed popcorn, foil, colorful ornaments and electric lights followed soon thereafter. It was not long before Christmas trees began appearing in town squares across the country. Today having a decorated tree at home is a well established tradition.


 
 












 
 
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