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In order to bring joy and happiness to thousands of families this holiday season the staff at the Smoky Mountain Opry has to get a jump start on the decorations, namely: THE TREES. The five Christmas Trees that adorn the grounds of the most popular Christmas production in the Southeast, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”, take a tremendous amount of time to set up, an army of people to assemble and at least one crane to get them into position before the official holiday season arrives. Only until after their structures have been given the structural “A-OK” can the decoration and inevitable celebration begin. Let’s take a look at one of the ways the celebration of the Christmas Tree began!
In the year 1819 a tragic love song was penned by German composer, Melchior Franck, whose inspiration came from a folk song written in the 16th century. The folk song spoke to the heart and referenced the “faithful” fir tree’s qualities as a symbol constancy and faithfulness. The lyrics of the song did not actually refer to Christmas, or even describe a decorated Christmas tree which is quite odd, considering the song “O, Tannenbaum” is now more commonly known as “O Christmas Tree”. Oh sure the word “Tannenbaum” does mean “fir tree” but when written the song had little to do with the MOST wonderful time of year, Christmas!
Much like the song, society’s celebratory trees have gone through many changes over the last hundred years. So much in fact that Christmas Tree décor has become a multi-million-dollar industry. Why right here in Pigeon Forge alone there are tons of options for vacationers to find the perfect ornament or bow to add to the family collection.
The ornamentation of the five trees at “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” is updated from year to year but includes no less than 1800 ornaments, 950 bows, 1100 bells, five tree toppers each the size of a small pony, over 5000 connections and electrical panels, two state-of-the-art control systems and well above 500,000 individual bulbs. The aforementioned is for the five trees alone and says nothing about the rest of the building which includes a little over a million lights! So remember to celebrate your Christmas Tree as well as ours this Christmas! After all, it took a long time to get here!
For more about “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” log on to www.ChristmasinPigeonForge.com or call us direct at 1-8000-768-1170.