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Decked Christmas tree to add charm to festivity.

ISLAMABAD -- With only a few days left in commencement of the celebrations of Christmas, Christian community in capital like other parts of the country has started decorating the evergreen coniferous tree which is the main festivity of the event.

Christmas tree is the main symbol of the Christmas celebrations to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus and creates more attraction to the festivity of Christmas with its colourful decorative look.

The members of Christian community have started decorating the evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, as a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas.

The tree is usually decked with different ornaments including baubles, small bells painted gold or silver, stars of different shapes and sizes, pine cones, apples, candies, tinsel and balloons made from glass, metal, wood and ceramic. An angel and star is often placed at the top of the tree representing the host of angels.

'I have finalized the ornamentation of my Christmas tree before the time and I am excited because all my friends are visiting my home to see the colourful tree', said Naila Yusuf, a youngster said.

She said, 'Decorating Christmas tree is the main hallmark of this festival, 'our festival remains incomplete without bringing this tree'.

The festival of Christmas also brings good business to the sweet sellers, gift shops as well as the sellers of ornaments for Christmas tree.

Talking to reporter, Hamid Nawaz, a decorative items seller said that people mostly use colourful candles and electric lights (fairy lights) to decorate their small sized trees as these are easily available here while many people also decorate outdoor trees with lights and some other ornaments.

He said, the festival will also give us opportunity to sell these ornaments and earn good business.

In various cultures, the Christmas tree is traditionally brought into the home and decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands, tinsel, and candy canes during the days around Christmas.

The earliest accounts of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas were recorded in Livonia (roughly modern territory of Estonia and Latvia) in 15th century. The Christian community is finalizing its preparations for celebrating the Christmas festival with more enthusiasm and renewed spirit, feeling the echo of church bells that announce the birth of Jesus.

The festival will be marked through different activities ranging from official gatherings to cake cutting ceremonies in small communities. The joyous occasion will fill the atmosphere with colours, symbols and traditions of Christmas that mainly includes Christmas Tree, Santa Clause, Carols and Christmas gifts.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 22, 2017
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