1. Christmas Trees Popularised in the UK During the 19th-Century
Germany is typically credited with starting the tradition in the 16th-century. But did you know that Christmas trees were first introduced in the UK in the 1830s? They became especially popular in 1841 after a drawing of a Christmas tree set up in the famous Windsor Castle! This drawing was published in the Illustrated London News, which saw the tradition make its way throughout households across Britain. And did you know that they were traditionally decorated with candles during this time? As you can probably imagine, this wasn’t particularly a safe way of illuminating the large flammable trees; we think we’ll stick to the modern method of fairy lights instead.