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The tradition of Christmas trees dates back to pagan times, when they were used as part of winter celebrations. The tradition of having decorated trees indoors at Christmas is said to have begun in Germany. Christmas trees were first introduced into England in 1800 by Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. They didn’t become popular throughout Britain until after 1848, when Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert of Germany, were pictured together with a Christmas tree. The photograph was published throughout the country and the tradition grew. Originally they were decorated with fruits, ribbons etc and candles! (Imagine the fire hazard).

Nowadays the most common Christmas Tree ornament is the Christmas bauble, usually made of fine glass. Like the Christmas tree the bauble originated in Germany, in Lauscha. Glass blowers used to blow them into a variety of shapes but the sphere was always the most popular. After the Christmas tree became popular in Britain, glass baubles were imported from Lauscha. Since 1920 they have been mass produced all over the world.

I would like to wish all TE members a very Happy Christmas. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Happy Holiday

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