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Here’s some fascinating facts about real Christmas Trees:
Prince Albert didn’t bring the first Christmas tree to Britain;
The first Christmas tree in England went up in December 1800, when Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, gave a children’s party. One of the grown-up guests remarked, ‘After the company had walked round and admired the tree, each child obtained a portion of the sweets it bore, together with a toy, and then all returned home quite delighted.’
Christmas trees soon became wildly fashionable in high society, but it took 40 years (helped by the popular press) for them to catch on across the country. By then Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, was busy importing them, which is why they are so often associated with him.
Would you like some more Christmas Tree facts?
1. The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
2. The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
3. The most popular Christmas trees are: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, Fraser fir, balsam fir, Virginia pine and white pine.
4. Using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th century.
5. Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster, England. The gift is an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain’s help to Norway during World War II.
6. Real Christmas trees came eighth in a survey of the nation’s favourite smells, just behind the sea but ahead of perfume.
7. The first use of the term ‘Christmas tree’ in English was in 1835.
8. Manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were first sold by Woolworths in 1880.
9. The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification.
10. 93% of real Christmas tree users recycle their tree in community recycling programs or their garden.
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