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O Tannenbaum – Six Historical Facts About the Christmas Tree

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O Tannenbaum


Six Facts About the Christmas Tree
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Grease and Grace Cards & Gifts brings you: Tidbits of Knowledge You Didn’t Know You Needed.


Historic Facts About the Christmas Tree! Let’s have a look at some of the fun, and perhaps lesser known facts about the popular evergreen tree we know and love. A series of six: O Tannenbaum.

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Christmas Card Sets featured here are part of our vintage collection, featuring designs inspired by Early  20th Century style, Art Deco, & Mid-Century modern.
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A Love Like This
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O Tannenbaum – Is it really about a Christmas Tree?

The reference in, “O Tannenbaum,”refers to the evergreen (everlasting) quality of the tree. It stands as a symbol of faithfulness.The modern text by Ernst Anschütz was actually based on a 16th Century folk song by Melchior Franck about a faithless lover.


Contrafactum is Now a Word You Know
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree songs, incognito.

O Tannenbaum’s tune has been used as a contrafactum many times, notably in the state songs of: Iowa, Michigan, Maryland, and formerly, Florida. Several colleges and universitieshave adapted it as well. And now you’re humming.


The Tree That Broke the Bank
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree prices on average.

Prices for Chrismas trees in the United States range from around$27.00 to $76.00 as of 2017.A“Fortune” article from 2016cites that trees in New York Cityreached prices upwards of $1,000.00, due to drought.


Why, Thank You
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree-An aromatic breath of fresh air.

Breathe it in! The National Christmas Tree Association has said that every acre of Christmastrees in production produced thedaily oxygen requirement for 18 people; with 500,000 acres in production in the U.S. alone, that amounts to oxygen for 9 million people per day.


Grab Yer Hatchet, Pa
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O Tannenbaum – When did Christmas Tree Farms become popular?

Christmas trees were generally cut by the family for their own use, but in 1901 the first Christmas tree farm was established. It wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s, however, that felling one’s own tree gave way in popularity to the farms.
My family still chops our own, here in rural Pennsylvania, although, when my daughter is grown, I don’t know if we still will.


“Darn thing looks like it was made out of green pipe cleaners” – A Christmas Story


What’ll It Be?
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O Tannenbaum – Christmas Tree-most popular varieties.

Americans spend around 250 million dollars on Christmas trees each year. The most popular varieties? Douglas-fir, Scots pine and Fraser fir are the top sellers. In the United Kingdom, Nordmann fir and Norway spruce are the preferred choices.

That wraps up our ‘lil history lesson for today! There will be more soon, and many more new designs as well. Don’t forget to say “Hi” on facebook, or instagram, and check our recent boards on pinterest!
Until next time,
XoxoX
— Deanna

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Holiday Cards – How to Get into the Festive Spirit!

Set the Stage
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How to get those warm-fuzzies when it’s still balmy outdoors!

Sometimes the act of holiday card writing is all we need to rouse our spirits. Looking over the list of names, thinking of friends and family far and near. Reliving memories as you sign your name on each, it feels good.

Writing out your cards can set the stage to bring on the festive feelings. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Put on some holiday music (we aren’t judging!), light a few pine scented candles, grab a pen, and let’s go!

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Available in an array of vintage-inspired designs, our unique holiday card sets will get you up and ready to dig out those boxes of seasonal decor.


Bringing Smiles with Designs from the Past

Imagine the smile on everyone’s face when they’re sorting through bills and junk-mail, and they open your holiday card. We’ve spent a lot of years bringing smiles, through both our cards and our handcrafted gifts. Our cards are designed in-house, by me (Deanna). We love to harken back to yesteryear, and hope to invoke those warm-fuzzy type of feelings (and sometimes give a good chuckle)!

Getting into the Swing of It
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Let them know how you’ve been doing.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve sent holiday cards, or even if you never have before, no worries! Try typing out a letter to your recipients, giving them a briefing on what’s been going on in your busy year.

It takes only a short while to type something meaningful (or hand-write, though I know my own handwriting could stand a brush up!) It can be copied or printed, and tucked into your card neatly. Your letter needn’t be lengthy to be meaningful.
Remember— it’s the thoughtfulness that counts!

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Including a photo or letter— it’s like mailing a hug.

Photographs tucked into a holiday card are also wonderful to receive, and are kept for years to come. I know I still have some photos that were placed in greeting cards years ago by my own relatives. In this digital era, paper products can actually be even more meaningful than in the past.

Physically holding and looking at a card & photograph is much nicer to do than clicking ‘like’ on something. The tactile sensation is like mailing a hug. And we all love hugs.

 Holiday Card Selection

You might choose a colorful & jubilant Mid-Century Modern style!

Or, perhaps a more traditional approach, like our Early Twentieth Century styles.

For those who love and relish the colors, patterns, and textures of Mother Earth’s artful bounty, we offer nature-inspired themes as well.


We Love History (Like, a Whole Lot)
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The past can be so inspiring!


 Nearly all of the cards in our collection speak, in some aspect, of the past. When designing, we are thinking about many different areas of history. Some may remind you of watching a film from the Golden Age of Hollywood (Hello, “White Christmas”!) Others may conjure images of Yule logs, and freshly trimmed holly & ivy, amidst a mid-winter festival.


Always Something New
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Come, Join our “Grease and Grace” crew!

New designs are constantly rolling out here— stay tuned by following our idea boards on Pinterest, getting sneak peeks at designs on Instagram, or by following our Facebook feed which is filled with fun videos, music, and images from years gone by.

New greeting cards & specialty card sets come out as quickly as I can, although it sometimes takes me a tad longer than I’d like. Being a full-time mama & designer is quite the balance, and there are but three Grease and Grace artists altogether (we are a family!) We create, market, package, and ship all of our products ourselves.

Time Flies

So, don’t wait around! Let us help you get in the spirit, and get those merry thoughts rolling like a pin on sugar cookie dough!

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Enjoy! Let us know what designs you love, and what you’d like to see next!

Until next time,
XoxoX
— Deanna

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