January 24, 2014

The Most Over-The-Top Christmas Trees Of 2014

In the early 20th century, Americans typically decorated their Christmas trees with objects they found around the home -- dyed strings of popcorn, berries, and nuts. 

But these are not your grandmother's Christmas trees.

From trees made completely out of Legos to Rio de Janeiro's fabulous 279-foot floating Christmas trees, artists have taken the old tradition to new heights.

Check out these amazing trees from around the world that have captured our imaginations this year.

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Floating Tree In Rio

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View of fireworks during the inauguration of an 279-feet-high floating Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 29, 2014. The world highest floating Christmas tree registered by the Guinness World Records was inaugurated for its 19th time Saturday night and will be illuminated by 3.1 million lights every night until the end of the year. 


Upside Down Christmas Tree In Paris
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A 82-foot-high Christmas tree is seen inside a shopping mall in Paris, France, on Nov. 27, 2014. 


World Record Human Christmas Tree In Honduras
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A photo provided by Honduras Presidency shows people participating in an event to break a Guinness Record for world's biggest human Christmas tree, at Democracy Square of Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 1, 2014. According to local press, with 2,945 participants forming the world's biggest human Christmas tree in six minutes and 28 seconds, Honduras broke the record established by Argentina in 2013.


Candy Christmas Tree in Singapore
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US tennis legend Andre Agassi (C) officiates at a lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree full of sweets in Singapore on December 1, 2014. 


Madrid's Color-Changing Christmas Tree
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Christmas tree illuminates Colon square in the centre of Madrid on November 30, 2014. 


Christmas Tree at the U.S. Capitol
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An 88-foot white spruce is lit as the Capitol Christmas Tree at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 2, 2014. This year, the White House is letting kids program the tree's lights with code. 


A Tree Made Of Recycled Wood in Rakvere
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This Christmas tree built with waste wood is over 33 feet high. It is placed by local students at the city centre of Rakvere, Western Virumaa county of Estonia, Dec. 3, 2014. Local young students of Rakvere Professional School built the special wood tree with waste wood from the local mills.


Giant LEGO Christmas Tree in Sydney
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A LEGO Christmas tree is on display in Sydney, Australia on Dec. 2, 2014.


Another Giant LEGO Tree In London
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Legoland model maker Katrina James poses for pictures with a nearly seven pound Lego star as she places it onto the top of a 26-foot-tall Lego christmas tree at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London, on December 3, 2014. The tree, which is comprised of 300,000 lego bricks and took 4 weeks to build, will be on display until December 24, 2014. 


Beautiful Lights On Berlin Christmas Tree
A woman takes a selfie in front of a colorful illuminated Christmas tree at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. 


Christmas Tree in Seoul
A 69-foot-high Christmas tree is lit to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season at Seoul City Hall Plaza, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. 


Lithuania's Christmas Tree
Fireworks light up the sky above a Christmas tree during a lighting ceremony at Cathedral square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. 


Christmas Tree in Nashville
A man looks over the Capitol Christmas tree after it was lit Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. 


Chrismas Tree In Prague
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A christmas tree stands at the Christmas market at the Old Town Square on November 30, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend.
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