I grew up in St. Croix US Virgin Islands. My first recollection of a Christmas Tree was the one my mother decorated on our boat. We lived on the boat until I was about 8 years old.
By the time trees arrived on the barge they were already brown. So we had fake Christmas Trees. I am also allergic to Pine. When I was 4, my father bought a little white tree with metal branches that you fold down and out each season and back up and in to put it away. Of course he chose a white tree because I had never seen snow and thought it must be magical.
Over the years my little tree has fared better than me. It is now 54 years old and I still fold the branches each year. Most of the items in St. Croix you could buy were Scandinavian. So I had a MEGA troll collection. I put these same trolls out under my tree every Christmas.
Our family tree was a fake green tree. My mother had read a newspaper article about a “Christian Christmas Tree” when she and my father were first married. So this became a family tradition.
What fun Holidays can be.
Toni Faile Lyerly