FILIPINOS are known to observe the longest celebration of Christmas. As the winter solstice begins, the breeze in the metropolis gets colder, setting up the holiday atmosphere. Streets in the city start to sparkle with warm light—some wrapped around Christmas trees.
As generations pass, Christmas trees have drastically evolved. Some trees come in different types and styles utilizing resources without disregarding sustainability. While there are a wide variety of Christmas trees around the globe, here are some commonly found in the Philippines:
Synthetic Pine Tree
This type of Christmas tree is considered to be the most popular among others. Synthetic Scotch pine trees comprise thin needle foliage that mimics the color and texture of real evergreen branches. Depending on the quality, these trees could bring outstanding realism down to the smallest detail. These are usually decorated with Christmas balls. It’s lit with bright Christmas lights that come in warm varied colors, and a star ornament on top of the tree. People put their Christmas presents below the tree and open them during the most awaited day of the year.
Artificial White Spruce Tree
Most people prefer the green Christmas trees but some like to celebrate the season with white Christmas. This artificial type of tree is made of dense foliage that features soft yet sturdy needles. It’s typically complemented by white tints at the end of each needle to manifest a snow cover. Artificial poinsettia flowers are perfect embellishments, paired with cool blue lights.
Christmas trees made with branches and twigs
Perfect for people who are on a budget, this do-it-yourself Christmas tree is budget-friendly without compromising aesthetics. This type of tree is ideal for minimalists. It is made of branches and twigs, locally known as “shapo.” Simply hang some Christmas balls of your own choice and wrap it up with lucid fairy lights to transform a dull leafless branch into an ornamental Christmas tree.
Eco Christmas Trees
Shell out little to no expense at all as this type of tree utilizes sustainable materials. Schools and homes around the country are able to create a Christmas tree out of recyclable materials. Some use a pile of plastic bottles and form an inverted pyramid to mimic a tree. Then, people put up Philippine-made ornaments that are either biodegradable or upcycled. Nevertheless, this artistic type of tree is beautified by the colorful Christmas lights.