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Well it’s that time of year again – choosing the Christmas Tree.

Once the tree has been selected and strapped on to the car roof being much larger than first thought.

On arriving home, it is put into a bucket, used for washing the car, cleverly disguised with shiny Christmas paper.  Filling the bucket with soil and stones trying to get the tree to stand upright, covering the kitchen floor with needles and earth.  It then takes up its position in the lounge in front of the window, blocking out any remaining winter light.

The decorations have been retrieved down from the loft, covered in a year’s worth of dust. An assortment of shiny baubles, tinsil, and strange cardboard and clay objects from childhood creations of years past.  Tinsel, I haven’t used tinsel for years, but have a fine collection which will be returned to the loft, once more, one year it will come back into fashion.  I must admit there are a few memories of Christmas’s past in these boxes, and I am sure a few more added this Christmas present.

One question I always ask myself is how the string of lights for the tree becomes tangled when they were neatly wound around a piece of cardboard during the great put away at the end of festivities.

It was in 1841 that Prince Albert popularised the Christmas Tree in England, which was a Tradition in his home country of Germany.  Queen Victoria had written in her Diary of 1841 about her Christmas Tree at Windsor …. ‘Today I have two children of my own to give presents to, who, they know not why, are full of happy wonder at the German Christmas tree and its radiant candies.’ ..

The Nineteenth Century Diarist Charles Greville,  in 1829 spent his Christmas holidays at Panshanger, Hertfordshire. It was the home of the 5th Earl Cowper, and his wife Lady Emily…. ‘Three trees in great pots were put upon a long table covered with pink linen; each tree was illuminated with three circular tiers of coloured wax candles—blue, green, red, and white. Before each tree was displayed a quantity of toys, gloves, pocket-handkerchiefs, workboxes, books, and various articles—presents made to the owner of the tree. It was very pretty. Here it was only for the children; in Germany the custom extends to persons of all ages’

The custom of bringing a tree into the home and decorating it, originated in Germany.  It  was introduced into England during the Georgian period.  Queen Charlotte, German wife of George III, decorated a tree for her family as early as the 1790’s. Queen Charlotte’s biographer Dr John Watkins wrote… ‘In the middle of the room stood an immense tub with a yew tree placed in it, from the branches of which hung bunches of sweetmeats, almonds, and raisins in papers, fruits and toys, most tastefully arranged, and the whole illuminated by small wax candles. After the company had walked around and admired the tree, each child obtained a portion of the sweets which it bore together with a toy and then all returned home, quite delighted’…

Queen Victoria herself remembered such decorated trees in the 1830’s – Queen Victoria’s Journals Kensington  Palace … Monday, 24th December [1832] … ‘ We then went into the drawing-room near the dining-room. After Mamma had rung a bell three times we went in. There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments. All the presents being placed round the tree. I had one table for myself and the Conroy family had the other together. Lehzen had likewise a little table. Mamma gave me a little lovely pink bag which she had worked with a little sachet likewise done by her; a beautiful little opal brooch and earrings, books, some lovely prints, a pink satin dress and a cloak lined with fur’ …

MINIATURE CHRISTMAS TREE

Finding a realistic Dolls House Christmas Tree is quite difficult, but there are a few good tutorials showing how to make one yourself.  I bought a table decoration about 5 inches high, which I trimmed into shape, it does the job.

It sits nicely in a small flower pot.

The branches of this little tree are quite substantial, and can hold an array of decorations

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