Decorating evergreen trees with ornaments is a Christmas tradition observed in many parts of the world. The custom is believed to have started in the sixteenth century in Germany. It spread to other parts of western Europe, and Queen Victoria of England adopted the practice in 1840. Today, people all over the world decorate fresh trees and artificial ones with lights and ornaments made of many different materials. Just as with other handcrafted items, people often make ornaments out of whatever they can find in their areas. Sometimes they are made of natural materials such as pine cones and seedpods, but you can recycle to make ornaments, too. You'll have fun, and you'll help save natural resources and landfill space by recycling paper to make a snowman ornament.