Since I live in balmy Houston, my Christmas will never be white. If I’m lucky cold enough for a fire but no snow! I love decorating the tree. The theme for my Christmas tree is the piano. Most of the ornaments are crystal baby grands with other instruments added for variety.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree. Germans are credited with the advent of the Christmas tree. Christians decorated trees, and some built Christmas pyramids of wood, decorating them with evergreens or candles if wood was scarce. Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant reformer, added candles to the tree, but as late as the 1840s, Christmas trees were viewed as pagan symbols, not accepted by most Americans.
Before Charles II was restored to the throne of England (one of my favorite subjects!), Oliver Cromwell preached against pagan traditions, including Christmas carols and decorated trees. In 1659, the year before the Restoration, the General Court of Massachusetts banned any observance of December 25 other than a church service. Fines were levied for hanging decorations.
In 1846, the illustrated London News featured a sketch of Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Victoria was a very popular monarch. Anything done at her court was immediately the rage—not only in Britain but in America as well. The Christmas tree had arrived.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition?