The beginning of December heralded the start of winter. Although the temperatures may be dropping, spirits are rising as a certain holiday is almost upon us. Despite the fact many shops are lavishly decorated for the festive season in November, this weekend is the time many of us look to decorate our homes and almost 8 million of us will be buying a Christmas tree.
So how did the tradition of decorating a tree indoors start? Way before trees were bought indoors and decorated, trees outdoors were adorned with strips of coloured cloth each winter. It was believed when trees lost their leaves, the spirits living in the trees disappeared and, without tree spirits, it was thought the leaves would not grow again. So, the trees were decorated to encourage the spirits to return in spring.
The tradition of decorating evergreens inside at Christmas started around the beginning of the 1600s and in 1800, George III’s German-born wife, Charlotte, introduced a Christmas tree at a party she gave for children. The custom of decorated trees remained very much within the royal family until Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert. By 1841, the custom had become more widespread but only by the wealthier middle-class families. It wasn’t until the mid-1920s that Christmas trees starting appearing in more homes.
Although we now see decorated Christmas trees in stores from mid-November, traditionally Christmas trees were not put up and decorated until Christmas Eve or on the first day of Christmas -23 December. It’s considered back luck to have your Christmas tree up after Twelfth Night so most of them get taken down on 5 or 6 January.
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