Photograph Christmas Decorations Every Year
Photograph Christmas decorations, and do it every year.
Take photos of the colour, the excitement that dominates a whole month every year.
Yes it’s that time of year again when everything is about Christmas.
Before Christmas Day, things are hectic as always.
People really like to spend money in the lead up to the big day.
Once the day arrives you can eat, drink, and engage in the rest of the fun that’s part of it.
After that you’ll need some gentle exercise, so you can indulge in some photography at home.
A time to decorate
Perhaps you got some photography gifts for Christmas and you want to try them out.
With so many of them around, why not photograph Christmas decorations.
It’s very likely that there’s some in your house, and maybe your garden.
If not, then they’re probably in the neighbourhood, if you actually want to venture out.
Many people build great displays of lights and display them for several weeks.
There are private displays in people’s homes, and public displays in many other places.
Why not photograph Christmas decorations
The weather outside might not be very nice, so it might be nicer to stay at home.
Pursuits like landscape photography and wildlife photography may not be as appealing as usual.
Nevertheless that new camera, lens, or whatever, are begging to be tried out so don’t disappoint them.
They’re not fussy, they’ll love shooting a Christmas tree.
I have been known to get a camera out occasionally and take some photos at Christmas.
The decorations are only in place for a few weeks, so why not do the same.
For the rest of the year you’re going to have to assemble still life subjects.
During these few weeks, you already have, or even better someone else has.
Take advantage, photograph them, they’ll soon be gone.
The evolution of Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations have evolved spectacularly, but it was a slow process.
It took centuries, possibly millennia, to arrive at the excessive splendour we enjoy today.
Like everything else, some of them go in and out of fashion.
In ten years time they may have changed radically and today’s images may be a record of a fleeting trend.
The centre piece of most Christmas displays is the Christmas tree.
Some people use real trees while others use artificial ones.
We’ve used both but in recent years they’ve been artificial.
They don’t shed and leave a little mess, while real ones do.
They don’t degrade during Christmas either, which real ones can also do.
The origins of the Christmas tree
The evergreen fir tree is the one that’s used as the Christmas tree,
It’s been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years.
The Christmas holiday has it’s origins in Pagan times.
The timing of Christmas is just after the daylight hours have begun to lengthen again.
Yule was celebrated at this time, and Christmas seem to be a hijacking and rebranding of Yule.
The Christmas tree as we know it seems to have originated in Eastern Europe.
Riga in Latvia, and Tallinn in Estonia, are both cited as possible origins of the tradition.
Today we’re used to things spreading across the world in minutes, but that wasn’t always so.
The Christmas tree tradition spread slowly across Northern Europe and beyond.
Christmas Tree tradition spreading
It seems that the tradition started in the Fifteenth or Sixteenth Centuries.
Apparently that it took until the 1830’s for the tradition to reach the British Isles.
It took a few decades more, possibly to the 1850’s, until it reached the United States.
The decorations that we put on the trees seem to have begun their existence in Germany.
Originally it seems the trees were adorned by mostly edible treats, and paper decorations.
However the baubles we know today gradually evolved.
Originally they were glass representations of the fruit that were used as decorations.
Today they’re more varied in shape, and very colourful.
I can’t confirm or contradict any of these dates.
Certainly Christmas trees existed in Northern Europe long before the camera was invented.
I expect artists and illustrators depicted them from the beginning, but there are no photographs.
When photography began
The first ever photograph was taken in France in 1826.
By the 1830’s photography was evolving.
There may have been cameras in the UK when the Christmas tree tradition began there.
If the date for the arrival of Christmas trees in America is accurate, then it may have been possible to photograph Christmas decorations from the beginning there.
We’re fortunate to live in a time when both photography and Christmas decorations are both well established.
Don’t let the occasion pass without a few photographs.
Even if it’s only to look back and think; “That wasn’t a great decoration, we’ll have to do better than that in the future.”
The Christmas decorations photographs I’m using
The photographs i’m showing here are as follows.
I’m just including a few photographs of Christmas decorations here.
There’s three images of Christmas trees included.
Two are close ups of some baubles, the other is a view of a greater portion of a tree.
The others are photographs of candles, another popular Christmas decoration.
One is of electric candles, the other is a more traditional one, surrounded by festive decorations.
There’s a snowman who seems to be a very festive mood.
Also there’s a decorated house, without a roof, so it wouldn’t be a great house to have here in Ireland.
Finally there’s a traditional crib, showing a nativity scene.
Build a collection of Christmas photographs
Christmas is supposed to last for twelve days, when in reality it lasts almost two months.
While it’s origins are religious, it’s more of a commercial free for all now.
It’s still a time of great colour and excitement and massive decorations.
There’s plenty of time to get some photographs of the entire event.
Over the years you can build a good library of Christmas decoration photographs.