From its Puritan roots to complaints of rampant commercialism, Christmas around the world is been filled with traditions, old and new. Some date back to 16th-century Germany or even ancient Greek times, while others have caught on only in modern times.
And, among them, Christmas trees are one of the most popular, now all over the world.
Their tradition is long and rich, and has resulted in some modern trees that run the gamut from breathtakingly beautiful, encapsulating everything that Christmas stands for, to something simply weird.
Thus, If you need a little help to get into the holiday spirit this year, get yourself a winter drink with some holiday treats and a tour of the world’s best or most unusual Christmas trees. These towering pines (or sand or bottle piles, in some cases) are decked to the nines and shine brightly for holiday season, from Florida, Brazil, Mexico all the way to Lithuania.
It’s no surprise that the most expensive tree in the world was put on display in the land of excess: the UAE.
The luxury Emirates Palace hotel from Abu Dhabi boasts the world’s most expensive Christmas tree, valued at more than $11 million!
Unveiled in 2010, the fake evergreen tree is 13 metre high and stands in the sumptuous lobby of the 302-room hotel, which is reportedly decorated with gold leaf, decorated with silver and gold bows, ball shaped ornaments and small white lights.
However, clearly not satisfied with just that, the hotel also hoisted watches, earings, necklaces and solid gold bracelets and, in fact, the million dollar value is due to these and other jewelry draped over its branches, supplied by Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery.
The general manager of the Emirates Palace declared that the tree itself is about $10,000 but there are 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones in it, valued at $11.4-$11.5 million.
In hindsight, for a hotel that provides automatic machines to sell gold bars and the use of a private jet, a $11.4 million Christmas tree is no big deal.
Yes, that’s true, as this luxurious hotel recently launched the world’s first gold bar vending machine, covered in 24 carat gold, which dispenses 1, 5 an 10 gram bars…
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