|A Royal Christmas Tree. 1840s. Public Domain|
The Christmas Tree is one of the western world's most time honoured traditions. Decorating the tree has become a ritual in both the United Kingdom and the United States and signals the true beginning of the Christmas season. Generally, the decorations are the same but there are some notable differences in the decorations on a Christmas tree in Britain and America. Indeed, back when they became popular thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 1840s, the practice was to put lighted candles on the tree. That was quickly discontinued after several trees burned down! Listen to our latest podcast episode to find out some of the differences in tree decoration!
What do you like to decorate your tree with?