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The Christmas Tree

It is thought that the first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. There is a story that on Christmas Eve, he was walking through a forest and looked up to see the stars shining through branches of a tree. He thought it was so beautiful that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. They went out and fetched a small tree into the house.

The first Christmas Tree came to England in 1841, when Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert had the first Christmas Tree in Windsor Castle. An engraving of the tree with the royal family appeared in the newspapers of the time. Hence the English tradition of decorating a tree indoors started.

In Victorian times, the tree would have been decorated with candles to represent stars. Due to the danger of fire, an American telephonist named Ralph Morris, felt driven to find an alternative. In 1895 he invented electric Christmas lights, similar to the ones we use today.