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Q: christmas trees ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: christmas trees
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: rlars-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 14 Dec 2002 23:26 PST
Expires: 13 Jan 2003 23:26 PST
Question ID: 124842
why is decorating a tree referred to as "trimming" a tree?
Subject: Re: christmas trees
Answered By: sparky4ca-ga on 15 Dec 2002 01:02 PST
I think it really is based on the definitions of trimming:

Excerpts from a search at search for “trimming”:

“trim      P   Pronunciation Key  (tr m)
v. trimmed, trim·ming, trims 
v. tr.
To ornament; decorate.
trim·ming      P   Pronunciation Key  (tr m  ng)
Something added as decoration or ornament, especially a band of lace
or embroidery on clothing.
2. To dress; to decorate; to adorn; to invest; to embellish; as, to
trim a hat.
\Trim"ming\, n. 1. The act of one who trims.

2. That which serves to trim, make right or fitting, adjust, ornament,
or the like; especially, the necessary or the ornamental appendages,
as of a garment; hence, sometimes, the concomitants of a dish; a
relish; -- usually in the plural

Perhaps part of it had to do with the taking of presents off of the
“Then once the family was home again, the opening of the presents
hanging on the Christmas tree began.”

I think that it’s really based on “trimming” meaning decorating.
Perhaps a kind of play – you’ve cut the tree, now it has to be
trimmed. I found many references to ancient trimming traditions, even
going as far back as Martin Luther trimming his tree with candles for
his children so they could see what the twinkling stars looked like in
the forest. I didn’t see any reference to a special reason for calling
it trimming in the context of a Christmas tree.

Search strategies:
	Why is decorating a Christmas tree called trimming?
	History trimming Christmas tree
	Christmas tree trimming why called

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