Every year one thing remains the same around the holidays, people everywhere have to decide at what point before the big day they’re going to go out and hunt down a Christmas tree. Look for an Evergreen Day is about the last opportunity you have if you haven’t already gotten yours to ensure you have a tree for the Holidays.
Even if you’ve already got your tree for this year, this is a great opportunity to go out and familiarize yourself with the other types of Evergreens in your neighborhood, and discover that these regal giants are around you all year round.
History of Look for an Evergreen Day
Look for an Evergreen Day was originally established by the National Arborist Association to create a day to appreciate the beauty of these trees outside of the confines of merely being bedecked with glittering lights and ornaments. Even in the depths of winter, these noble trees keep their foliage, providing that wonderful green and white contrast that is so representative of deep winter.
Evergreens have played an important role in many societies throughout the ages, selected for religious observances due to their seemingly eternal nature even in a season of death. But that’s not the only place they’re represented, the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest were entirely reliant on the red cedar for multiple aspects of their culture. Whether they were making clothing, fishing line, ropes, or building their homes or canoes, the red cedar was vital a vital part of their lives.
Going back even further, most people have heard about how Socrates was made to drink a glass of hemlock tea, which he did with his normal unflinching nature. Hemlocks are a shade-tolerant evergreen with short striped needles. As you can tell, knowing the difference between your evergreens could one day save your life!
How to celebrate Look for an Evergreen Day
The best way to celebrate Look for an Evergreen Day is to grab a book of local flora/fauna and head out to identify all the different types of evergreen plants that grow in your part of the world. There are literally thousands of different varieties from every place in the vegetable kingdom, so there are certain to be multiple examples in your local area.
Obviously, if you haven’t gotten your tree yet, then Look for an Evergreen Day is when it should happen. By understanding the difference between Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and the dozens of other varieties of Christmas Tree available, you’ll know which ones will have the evenest spread, which ones will be the densest, and will best compliment your home and decorating scheme.