This Christmas, most families in the UK will buy a Christmas tree and send cards to friends. However, these Christmas traditions only date back to the 1840’s and are actually German in origin. In the 1840’s and 1850’s, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularised a new way of celebrating Christmas. An engraving of the Royal Family celebrating Christmas at Windsor was published in 1848 and their German traditions were adopted worldwide. Prince Albert also sent decorated Christmas trees to schools in Windsor and to local army barracks. Soon every home in Britain had a
tree bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts.