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The first thing most of us think of around Christmas time is the Christmas tree. It is the focal point and starting point for decorating our homes for Christmas and a fundamental part of Christmas traditions. The idea of celebrating events using evergreen fir trees has been used for thousands of years. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate temples, and Christians use them as a sign of everlasting life.
Christmas trees rose to mainstream popularity across the UK and America during the industrial revolution, after first being showcased across churches and households throughout Germany since the 16th century. They would originally be decorated with candles and small edible items such as apples, berries and nuts and would be used in church plays to represent the ‘paradise tree’ from the garden of Eden. These edible decorations would start to transform into less perishable ornaments such as baubles, which would replace, although still represent, the apples on the ‘paradise tree’.
The tradition became more widely known across the globe through German emigrants taking the traditions with them to other countries. Christmas trees were all across Europe by the 18th century. The tradition didn’t become popular in the UK until 1848 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (who was of German heritage) were pictured in a newspaper called Illustrated London, standing around a Christmas tree with their family. Queen Victoria was extremely popular in her time so whatever she did quickly became a trend. The tradition skyrocketed around the world after this.
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For different decorating ideas, check out our blogs on Christmas decorating ideas using florals and floristry and All you need to know about Christmas Trees & how to choose the right one.
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