今天学习了 decorate christmas pine tree.
the ornaments: tinsel,garland,wreath,christmas star....
Actually,I have no idea what are they looks (它们长什么样子的).
tinsel is the shiny metallic material;
garland is a chain of flowers, leaves, or tinsel;
wreath is a closed circle of garland;
christmas star/angel is a large ornament in the shape of a star or an angel, usually with lights, placed on the very top of the Christmas tree
1).garland 和wreath 有什么不同么?看起来是差不多的.
2).How did they decorate the christmas tree at long long ago.
we don't have that ornaments (tinse,christmas star).
maybe I can google. :-)
zhenlijiangDecember 17, 2009, 09:06 AM
As you wrote there, tinsel is that shiny material, garland is a chain. So the first picture you posted there is gold, red, silver and green-colored tinsel garland.
A wreath is a closed circle (环、圈). It can be made of many different kinds of material--real leaves, tinsel garland, imitation leaves, etc. So your next two pictures are both wreaths.
You can see Christmas tree-toppers here.
** however I've just now looked in a dictionary which says garland is "a wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration". Ah I see. That can be confusing.
I should have left your question up to someone who knows better to answer completely! Hope you get further help on this.
xiaophilDecember 17, 2009, 09:24 AM
zhenlijiang is right.
As for question two, I think that might be impossible to answer as different countries are going to have different traditions. I would guess that people would decorate their trees with anything that they could make themselves that looked pretty (no Walmarts back then). Actually, the Christmas tree originally had nothing to do with Christianity. If I can remember correctly, it comes from an old Germanic pagan (异教徒？) custom.
zhenlijiangDecember 17, 2009, 03:39 PM
yuanyun, you're welcome! But I wasn't clear enough. The amazon.com page I linked to shows pictures of different Christmas star and angel ornaments (tree-topper = the large ornament that goes on top of the tree).
The child in your last picture has a large star ornament in her hands. She's behind held up by her mother so that she can put the star on top of the tree.