Origin of Christmas Trees

It’s the time of year for that fresh pine smell to cozy up your living room! If you are a family that decorates a tree, you might also enjoy these puzzles that feature big, bright, and beautiful Christmas Trees!

Do you know the origin of the Christmas tree?

The modern fir Christmas tree actually originated from Germany nearly 1,000 years ago. It’s said that St. Boniface, the one credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, came across a group of pagans that were worshipping an oak tree, and, angrily, St. Boniface struck down the oak tree only for a fir tree to spring up from the roots of the oak tree! From there, St. Boniface took the fir tree as a sign of Christianity, though it wasn’t until the 16th century that trees were brought in the house to be decorated for the Christmas tradition. This tradition is said to have started with Martin Luther, who found a snow-speckled tree so beautiful that he took it inside to light candles in honor of Jesus’s birth.

Christmas Cottage by Sunsout from artist Nicky Boehme. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18” x 24”.

 

Christmas Eve by Springbok from artist Nicky Boehme. $11.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18” x 23.5”.

 

You Better Be Good by Sunsout from artist Nicky Boehme. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 18” x 24”.

 

A Joyful Celebration by Sunsout from artist Nicky Boehme. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

 

Trimming the Tree by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″.

Yuletide Ride by Springbok. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24” x 30”.

 

Cozy Christmas by Sunsout from artist Higgins Bond. $17.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26″ x 34.75”.


Holiday Puzzle Series #2: Best of Snow Jigsaws

Winter is coming! If you live in a place where you’re treated with snow every year, these peaceful snowy scenes will call back those great memories of snowball fights, warm cocoa, and cozying up to the fireplace. If you don’t live in a place where the temperatures get that cold, these just may make you want to move! In the meantime, why not learn how to make beautiful snowflake origami. Here are 10 of our puzzles with the most beautiful snowy scenes. But don’t take our word for it! We actually have over 100 jigsaw puzzles with snow.

White Alps Jigsaw Puzzle

White Alps by Clementoni. Gorgeous thick snowfall on a tree and rooftop in the foreground with a snowy landscape of the alps in the background. $11.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 13″.

Snowy Puzzle - 1000pc

Lake and Mountains by Cobble Hill. Featuring beautiful snowy art by arist Lawren Hill. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.

Winter Garden Jigsaw Puzzle

Winter Garden by Cobble Hill. You just feel the chill in the air around the grey tones in the sky of this wonderful winter snow scene. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.

DOWDLE - OLSEN PARK JIGSAW PUZZLE

Olsen Park from Dowdle Folk Art. You can never go wrong with a nostalgic folk art piece. Great blue tones and wintery fun! $15.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16” x 20”.

Winter hockey snowball fight puzzle

Backyard Heroes by Cobble Hill. This fun winter white puzzle from artist Douglas Laird shows two boys playing hockey on a frozen pond with snow everywhere! Great for bring back memories of good times. $14.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″.

Folk Art Winter Snow Puzzle

Winter Wonderland by Sunsout. Artist Bob Pettes paints a beautiful picture of an orange sunset against the snowy hilltops of a small town. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

SWEET MEMORIES - PANORAMIC JIGSAW PUZZLE

Sweet Memories by White Mountain. The panoramic image is a great way to show an incredibly detailed Christmas scene by artist Terry Redlin. $13.99. 700 pieces. Finished size: 12″ x 34″.

Gotta Love Snow!

Gotta Love Snow by Springbok Puzzles. This classic holiday art style with snowmen and candy canes and a soft snowy green backdrop – beautiful to piece together. $11.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

Snow Puzzle - Almost Home

Almost Home from Sunsout. New this season, this beautifully framed scene from inside a covered bridge you see soft snowfall over the quaint town with quilts, covered trees and a homey feel. 1000 pieces. $14.99. Finished size: 20″ x 27″

CHRISTMAS CHOIR

Christmas Choir is a cartoon winter wonderland that is sure to be a huge challenge putting together. Can you count the snowmen? $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5″ x 17.5″

 

Holiday Puzzle Series #1: Religious Christmas

This is THE time of year for jigsaw puzzles. With the cold weather outside, it’s nice to cozy up next to the fireplace with family and work on a puzzle together. Not surprisingly, people love holiday and winter themed images for puzzles during these months – a great way to enjoy the cold weather without getting cold! This post is part 1 of a 4 part series of our best selections in our most popular winter puzzles! First up, Religious Christmas. Next up: Best of Snow, Cardinals, & Coca Cola. Enjoy!

Religious Christmas

Christmas is a holiday which has in many ways gotten secularized with Santa and reindeer and cookies and presents. If your family would prefer a more traditional Christmas where you celebrate Christianity and the birth of Jesus, we have a great selection of puzzles that depict stories from the Bible.

Religious Puzzle - 1000 pieces.

No Room at the Inn by Sunsout from artist Tim DuBois. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

Religious Puzzle

Adoration of the Shepherds by Peaceful Wooden Puzzles. These custom puzzle can be ordered in several piece counts.

Jesus Jigsaw Puzzle

At Jesus’ Feet by Euro Graphics from artist Nathan Greene. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.5″.

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Puzzles for Veterans

If you’re missing your military man or woman this holiday season, or if you’re lucky enough to  welcome one back for a break, or if you’re a veteran yourself and love puzzling, we’ve got some great puzzles honoring the brave people that defend our country from Sunsout. Some depict the military in the past (for those of you that are history buffs as well), and some are more current. All are a great way to celebrate our soldiers!

Marines Jigsaw Puzzle

You Will Not Fail Us (Marines) by Sunsout from artist James Dietz. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 15” x 29”.

Military Goodbye Jigsaw Puzzle

The Last Embrace by Sunsout from artist Brian Hart. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 16” x 34”.

Military Jigsaw Puzzle

Bayonet! Forward! by Sunsout from artist Dale Gallon. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19” x 26”.

Military Jigsaw Puzzle

At the Ready by Sunsout from artist James Dietz. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 15” x 29”.

Military Jigsaw Puzzle

The Few and the Proud by Sunsout from artist Ray Simon. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Tis the Season to Start a Great Holiday Puzzle

Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving’s coming up next, but judging by the displays in all of the retail stores we’ve visited, the clearance skeletons are already hanging out next to brand new Santa Claus’ and snowmen. So, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping! It’s also just about that time of year when it starts to get pretty chilly outside and we need some fun activities to do indoors. Jigsaw puzzles are the perfect solution!

Know a puzzle lover whose favorite holiday is also Christmas? Here are seven great Christmas-themed puzzles, each one a different brand! They should certainly help get you in the spirit so you’ll be ready for all the carols that will soon be flooding the radio airwaves!

Christmas Tree Train
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Holiday Puzzle - 1000 pieces

Father and son play with the new train set on Christmas morning. Made by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.

Frosty Family Snowmen
400 Piece Family Puzzle

Snowman puzzle - 400 pieces

Soft lighting in this Snowman Family Puzzle by Springbok. $11.99. This puzzle has small, medium and large size pieces so everyone can work together! 400 pieces. Finished size 26.75″ x 20.5″.

Hat Nap
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Christmas Kitties Puzzle - 500 pieces

Adorable Kittens snuggle up in Santa’s hat under the Christmas Tree. $10.99. 500 piece jigsaw puzzle. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Sweet Christmas
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 

Holiday Cooking Puzzle

Christmas Baking by Euro Graphics. Delicious looking holiday treats from sugar cookies to gingerbread houses to candy canes! $15.99. 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.5″. *Note: This puzzle is new has been flying off the shelves – it may be sold out but we will have more stock coming within 2 weeks.

Every Day’s A Gift
1500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 

Holiday Presents Puzzle - 1500 pieces

Beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts are an inspiration for any creative holiday shopper. And the repetitive shapes and colors with make this puzzle a challenge! Every Day’s a Gift by White Mountain. $18.99. 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle. Finished Size : 24″ x 32″.

The New Yorker – Santa’s Dog
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 

New Yorker Jigsaw Puzzle - 500 pieces

Little doggie is all dressed up for the Holidays. Though he does not look so pleased. Help him live through his humiliation as you assemble this silly Santa favorite. Artist: Gahan Wilson. From the Dec. 9, 1991 issue of The New Yorker – Santa’s Dog by New York Puzzle Co. $16.99. 500 pieces.

A Gift for Santa – Coca-Cola
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 

1000 piece holiday puzzle

A Gift for Santa – Coca-Cola by Buffalo Games. A very jolly Santa Claus gets a special treat at this house. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.