In Victorian times, the tree would have been decorated with candles
Tree after dressed
The "Bottle-brush" Christmas tree is finally up and we listened to Christmas songs whilst my husband dressed the tree, getting into the Christmas spirit! He seems to like doing the tree so I let him and I think he makes quite a good job of it. All the baubles are vintage inherited from my parents including the blue baubles from Advent Calendar - Door 9But since taking the photo of the box of blue baubles we are now down to nine of them. There is the history behind the Christmas Tree on yesterdays post
The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.
The first person thought to have brought a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.
The first Christmas Trees came to Britain sometime in the 1830s. They became very popular in 1841, when Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's German husband) had a Christmas Tree set up in Windsor Castle.