Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.

The Christmas tree became popular in England in 1841 when Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, brought a Christmas tree over from Germany and had it set up in Windsor Castle.

An illustration of Queen Victoria and Pricne Albert with the first Christmas Tree in Windsor castle

Ever since then, Christmas Trees have been a part of a British Christmas.

Tree ornaments

By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise. F.W Woolworth in Liverpool were the first store in England to sell affordable tree ornaments.


Tree lights

It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, created the very first strand of electric lights.


Modern Christmas Trees

Nowadays in the UK you will find a variety of trees, from real trees with roots that can be replanted after the festivities, to felled trees that get recycled, to plastic imitations that get unpacked every year.  The tree will be decorated with lights,  baubles, chocolate figures and coins, and the obligatory angel / star on the top.xmas-tree

The Norway spruce is the traditional species used to decorate homes in Britain.