Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! #NationalChristmasDay 2017

Today is #NationalChristmasTreeDay, which celebrates one of the most iconic symbols of this very special time of year. 

We have picked out some of our festive favourite time-lapse videos showing Christmas trees in different forms from around the world.

2011 Bolyard Christmas Video-Card

 
What better way to send out Christmas wishes in the 21st century than with a time-lapse ‘video-card’?

Time-lapse is often used to document the decorating of the Christmas tree, an activity that brings the family together in many households over the festive period. This time-lapse video from the Bolyard family incorporates this idea but with their own signature twists to wish their family and friends an animated ‘Merry Christmas’.

Time-Lapse: Galleria Dallas Christmas Tree is raised and decorated

From a miniature tree fit for the cosy crevices of a family home, to the 90 foot tall Galleria Dallas Christmas Tree – the tallest indoor holiday tree in the United States.

Weighing in at 5-ton, this impressive centrepiece sits atop Galleria Dallas’ ice rink, which reportedly attracts more skaters each year than the famous rink at Rockefeller Center in NYC, which sometimes has to shut down during periods of bad weather. (Look back at our #NationalChristmasTreeDay blog last year, which featured the assemblage of the Rockefeller tree.)

To raise and decorate the Galleria Dallas tree – equipped with 450,000 LED lights, 10,000 coloured ornaments and 1,700 branches – it took a crew of nearly 50 people over the course of almost three days. With the wonder of time-lapse, however, you can see this take shape in less than two minutes!

“World’s Largest Christmas Tree” Time Lapse Video, Gubbio, Italy

Next up, from this impressive holiday installation, to a record-breaking illumination adorning the slopes of Mount Ingino.

Named “World’s Largest Christmas Tree” by the Guinness Book of Records in 1991, the tree is 650 metres high and 350 metres wide, towering above the city of Gubbio in the Umbria region of Italy. Short and sweet, Martin Stringer’s time-lapse – made up of 500 photographs – captures the glow of this spectacle lighting up the slopes as the evening sun falls.

Christmas tree timelapse

Pine needles are the usual substance that make up a traditional Christmas tree – but how about some plywood?

This time-lapse video from Goliath CNC shows an autonomous robotic machine cutting plywood shapes to make a 3D Christmas Tree that fits in with the minimalist decor of the office.

We made a Christmas Tree out of Books (Timelapse)

 
Our final feature shows another Christmas tree assembly but once again there are no pine needles in sight!

University College Dublin built a tree made entirely of red and green books from their library. Time-lapse reveals the careful placement of each book so that the structure stands sturdy. Complete with LED lights wrapped around, what a perfect way to create a festive feeling in the library.
 
With December only just beginning, we have more festive-themed blogs scheduled for the coming weeks.

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