The Christmas Tree
For some Christmas is not Christmas without a Christmas tree (real or fake) but when did it all start and why?
A matter of Germanic fashion...
Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert
The first use of Christmas trees as they're known today dates back to the 1500s. Some claim the tree originated in Germany in the mid 1500's, others claim it was Latvia in the early 1500's, and a few even believe in a legend that St. Boniface created the Christmas tree in the 7th century.
The Christmas tree first came to England with the Georgian Kings who came from Germany. At this time also, German Merchants living in England decorated their homes with a Christmas tree.
The British public were not fond of the German Monarchy, so did not copy the fashions at Court, which is why the Christmas tree did not establish in Britain at that time.