Published on December 6th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw0
Deck the Halls
Many of us have now decorated our houses with Christmas trees, lights and enough tinsel to go to the moon and back. Even Scrooge himself might raise a smile at the decorated high streets bringing light to the dark December days.
The lyrics to the song “Deck the Halls” were written in 1881. This was a time when decorating our homes for Christmas had become the norm. However, the history of Christmas decorations goes back a few centuries before this.
In 15th century Latvia, fir trees were decorated with roses, which were associated with the Virgin Mary. Roses continued to be a decorative theme throughout Europe into the 1600s.
It was at this time that trees began to be brought indoors and decorated. In 1605 at Strasbourg, France a tree was brought indoors and covered with paper roses, candles, wafers, nuts and sweets. Decorations became more elaborate with painted eggshells, cookies and sweets. Then, in 1610 shiny, thin ribbons of silver began to be placed on trees in Germany, a precursor to the tinsel of today.
Here in the UK, decorating our houses with Christmas trees became popular in the 1840s. Queen Victoria’s husband Price Albert brought over this tradition from his homeland, Germany. Yet, it was actually Charlotte the wife of King George III who brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor back in 1800.
Germany has always been at the forefront of the Christmas decorations we still love today. Gingerbread shaped as fruits, stars, hearts and angels became very popular in Germany during the 1800s. During the 1880s, ornaments made from hand cast lead and hand-blown glass adorned Christmas trees.
In the US, F. W. Woolworth started selling these German glass ornaments in his department stores. By 1890 Woolworths was selling $25 million worth of them.
Christmas Bauble Fact
The traditional day to take down your Christmas decorations is Twelfth Night to avoid bad luck for the coming year. Yet confusion still reigns to this day as to when Twelfth Night actually falls. If Christmas Day is the first of the twelve days, Twelfth Night is January 5th. However, if December 26th, the day after Christmas is the twelfth day, then Twelfth Night is January 6th, the evening of Epiphany.
When the time does come to take down your decorations, the StoreStack selection of storage boxes will keep all your lights, baubles and other decorations from damage.
The very useful StoreStack Large Clear Insert Tray can be used with the StoreStack 24 Litre Storage Box and StoreStack 36 Litre Storage Box to give extra protection to those delicate ornaments and decorations.
Last Posting Dates for Christmas
Take a look at our Last Posting Dates for Christmas page for all the details you need to make sure that your cards and parcels arrive at their destination in time for Christmas at home and abroad.