Christmas time is in full swing. There’s fairy lights hanging from almost every window, the familiar culprits that always drape their houses in spectacular Christmas light shows have once again delivered a light show that puts Blackpool to shame. Everyone’s stockings are hanging above the fireplace and Santa’s mince pies have been waiting for him to devour.
Of course, all of the festive cheer and decoration would not be complete with the centre piece that is the magnificent Christmas Tree. We love Christmas Trees, and we hope you guys do too, but did you know these fun facts about the famous evergreen Christmas symbol?
1) Every year, since 1947, the City of Oslo,Norway has donated the Christmas Tree that stands in London’s Trafalgar Square. The gesture began as a token of gratitude for Britain’s support of Norway during the Second World War and has remained a tradition for well over 70 years!
2) Prince Albert made the Christmas Tree popular in the UK in 1841 when he brought a tree over from Germany and put it in Windsor Castle and the Royal Couple appeared in National Newspapers standing around their decorated beauty. The rest, as they say, is history.
3) In the UK alone, over 8 million natural Christmas trees are decorated every year.
4) The most expensive Christmas Tree ever cost a whopping £10.4 million! The extravagant tree was erected by Piaget Japan in 2002 and was decorated with only 83 pieces of jewellery. (We’re happy with some baubles and tinsel!)
5) The oldest Christmas tree in the world is over 130 years old. It’s thought that the artificial Christmas tree was bought from Woolworths in 1886 and stands at only 30cm tall.
Merry Christmas, everyone!!