When you think of Christmas, one of the first images to spring to mind is probably a Christmas tree, covered in twinkly decorations, lights and tinsel. But where did the tradition of having a fir tree in our house and decorating it like this come from? Many people think the tradition of Christmas trees in Britain started with the Victorians. This refers to the time when Queen Victoria was on the throne, from 1837 until 1901. Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were known to be very big fans of Christmas! However, the tradition actually dates back further than that. It originally came from Germany, where Prince Albert was actually born, and was introduced to England during the Georgian period, when King George III was on the throne. He had a German wife called Charlotte, who it is thought used to decorate a tree for her family in the 1790s. But Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are said to be the ones who made it extremely popular and fashionable to decorate a tree at Christmas like this, which is why a lot of people think that they started the tradition in Britain. At first, people used to put their trees on tables, as they were smaller.
But when it became possible to get bigger trees from Norway, people began to put their trees on the floor, with presents underneath. The reason that fir trees are traditionally used is because they are evergreen, which means they are still bright green with lots of leaves – even during the winter. Traditional Christmas trees are evergreens, which means they keep their bright, green leaves in the winter, unlike other trees
Ever since 1947, Norway has donated a tree to London to say thank you for helping them during World War II. A special ceremony is held in Norway in November, when the tree is cut down in the forest in Norway. Then, it comes over to the UK by sea, before being driven to London on a big lorry. The Mayor of Oslo Marianne Borgen and the Lord Mayor of Westminster Steve Summers cut down 2016\’s Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in Oslo, Norway It is then put up in Trafalgar Square in London using a special crane. It is decorated in the traditional Norwegian way, with strings of lights going down the tree, rather than criss-crossing it. WhatБs the meaning behind putting up Christmas tree? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) Christmas is nearly upon us and that means the vibrant decorations and Christmas trees are out in our favourite high streets, retailers and offices.
Decorating the Christmas tree can be a long process, not just putting the baubles and tinsel up, but finding them all in the loft or garage first. But when everything has eventually been found Б putting up the Christmas tree is a captivating and wonderful experience. Nothing beats that feeling when the switch has been turned on and those lovely, colourful lights brighten the living room. ItБs a Christmas staple that is observed every year without fail, but why exactly are we doing this in the first place? Why do we have Christmas trees? The cities of Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia both claim to have put up the first Christmas tree in their town squares. This happened in Tallinn in 1441 and Riga in 1510. Like many Christmas traditions, decorating Christmas trees originated from Pagan traditions. Using theб green leaves of an evergreen tree to decorate homes during wintertime started as aб Pagan tradition, designed as a symbol of life amid the dark, cold winter nights. The traditionб dates back to the Roman times Б with them doing so usually around their New Year celebrations.
Romans used fir tree branches to decorate their homes and temples at the festival of Saturnalia. It was also believed that evergreen boughs hung over windows and doorways would ward off evil spirits and illness. People in northern Europe did something similar although many placed the branches in boxes for the entirety of winter. When did Christmas trees start to be decorated? Decoration of trees around the winter festival also goes back to pagan times, but instead of using baubles, ribbons and bows, early Christmas trees would often have been decorated with food. They would decorate the trees with coloured paper, apples, wafers, gold foil and sweets. Over time apples were replaced with glass baubles and candles were added. These candles later evolved into putting up Christmas lights that we are used to seeing today. More: When do we put up trees? The Romans are said to have waited until after noon on Christmas eve to putб up a tree, but these days most either put a tree up on 1 December or the second Saturday in December. MORE: MORE: