Published: 21/01/2021 By Allan Fuller
The simple answer to the December quiz is Germany, which is what we were looking for, however its more complicated than that!
Christmas trees originating in Germany associated with Saint Boniface. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia), and in early modern Germany where German Protestant Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond the Lutheran areas of Germany and the Baltic area during the second half of the 19th century. Modern Christmas trees originated during the Renaissance in early modern Germany. Its 16th-century origins are sometimes associated with Protestant Christian reformer Martin Luther, who is said to have first added lighted candles to an evergreen tree
Here in Britain, the tradition of decorating churches and homes with evergreens at Christmas was long established, but decorating an entire small tree was unknown here until some two centuries ago. At the time of the personal union with Hanover, George III's German-born wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, introduced a Christmas tree at a party she gave for children in 1800. The custom did not at first spread much beyond the royal family.
Queen Victoria as a child was familiar with it and a tree was placed in her room every Christmas. In her journal for Christmas Eve 1832, the delighted 13-year-old princess wrote; After dinner ... we then went into the drawing room near the dining room. There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments. All the presents being placed round the trees.
After Victoria's marriage to her German cousin Prince Albert, by 1841 the custom became even more widespread as wealthier middle-class families followed the fashion. The rest is history!
Congratulations to Victoria Savage whose name was picked out of the hat to win December's QUIZ - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the means of receiving the bottle of champagne.