My wonderful mother-in-law came up with ideas for our advent calendar this year. One of the days included popcorn and cranberry garland for our Christmas tree. At first I never really heard of this and was curious to find out what in the heck was popcorn garland on a Christmas tree. I was curious to google who came up with the idea of garland on a Christmas tree. Well, in my search I ran into the history of Christmas trees. So here is a little backstory about Christmas trees first.
Christmas Tree History
Back in medieval Germany times, Germans celebrated Name Day of Adam and Eve, which is on December 24th. How they celebrated this was having a pine tree brought into their homes decorated with apples in honor of Adam and Eve.
So how did Christmas trees become a tradition in America and in England? Well, when German immigrated to the United States they brought their tradition of the Christmas tree, however, it was still foreign to Americans. It wasn’t until Christmas 1848 when Queen Victoria married German Prince Albert that the Christmas trees became a tradition. There was the Royal Christmas Tree story published in the newspapers illustrating the tree in the palace. And that is where this tradition became widely spread to North America and Europe.
Well, that was very interesting I thought cause you know growing up as a child I only though hey this is perfectly normal and never really question the tradition of it. Still, how does popcorn end up on Christmas trees?
It is unknown and only assumed that many borrowed the German tradition putting fruit on the trees. Cranberries are harvested around November and popcorn since it was in season. Since at the time that was the only sort of decorations many could get their hands on back then.
How easy is this craft? This craft is super easy and requires patience. If you have zero bits of patience then I do advise to please move far away from this craft.
- Orange optional
- Needle optional for oranges
- Oven to dry out the oranges
- Microwave to pop the popcorn, unless you do stove top
If you are using oranges please do not skip this step. If you are not using oranges than you can skip this step.
So where do you start first? Well, set your oven to 275 Fahrenheit. Get your oranges and start to cut them however you like. I cut mine into slices and probably should have cut them in half. Put the oranges in the oven for 30 minutes and then flip them over putting them back into the oven for another 30 minutes.
If you are skipping the oranges please start here.
Pop your popcorn in the microwave or stove top. I used 3 personal size bags and allowed the popcorn to sit out for 6 hours. I popped the popcorn first thing in the morning and waited at night to string the popcorn and cranberries together.
Next, you need a needle and thread. Any type of thread will work as long as the thread is doubled instead of single. How I threaded the garland is cranberry first, three to four popcorn, cranberry, three to four popcorn and continue this until I had four cranberries and threaded the popcorn again and this time added the orange. You can thread it however you want and get really creative.
Here is another picture of the garland on our tree. We didn’t add too much garland since we always have a lot of ornaments on our tree.
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