This Royal Couple Brought the Christmas Tree Tradition to the Masses
These monarchs are credited with catapulting the Christmas tree into widespread prominence.
Next time you stand beside a gorgeous, twinkling Christmas tree, you may want to tip your hat to some 19th-century royals.
Yes, we can all thank Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, for the holiday shrub tradition, at least in part, it appears. As Town & Country reported, these British monarchs popularized the Christmas tree tradition in 1848. Though we can trace individuals decorating with festive trees to celebrate Christmas back to 16th century Germany, Town & Country writer Chloe Foussianes explains the royal couple's pivotal role in increasing the Christmas tree's demand: "The prince sent decorated trees to schools and army barracks around Windsor, but it was likely a visual that made British citizens tree-crazy. An engraving published in 1848 featured the Queen, the Prince, and their children decorating a tree," she writes (the referenced engraving is pictured below). "Given the family-focused culture of the era, it wasn't long before Christmas trees became a key component of a middle class family's holiday celebrations."
Oh, how we wish we could teleport ourselves to this sophisticated era and gather around a roaring fire in Windsor Castle for ourselves.
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