The history of the Christmas Tree
Upside down trees?
The tradition of Christmas trees goes back many centuries. But the indoor use in homes with decorations began in Germany in the 16th century. At that time there was little consistency in the practice. Some were table top trees, some were decorated with apples, popcorn or candles, and some were even hung upside down. Ho Ho Ho, upside down? Try that google search later.
In 1848, the popular and fashion setting Queen Victoria changed that. In a sketch first published in the London News, the world saw the Queen, prince Albert and their children around a tree surrounded by presents. It was entitled “The Christmas Tree”. It went viral and her adoring fans wanted a tree just like the queens. So, you can thank queen Victoria for modern day Christmas trees.
To learn more about Boston's Christmas History try our solo walking tour "The Boston Christmas Tour". On your walk you'll see the Christamas Tree's, walk the mast photographed street in Boston, learn about when Christmas was banned in Boston and much more! It's a Christmas experience not to be missed. Only on the WalknTours app available on the App Store and Google Play, link in bio.
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To discover Boston's Christmas history take our solo walking tour in Boston, the Boston Christmas tour, only on the WalknTours App. It's a Solo Walking Tour that you can take anytime and go at your own pace. Christmas Fun!
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The tour begins at the Omni Parker entrance on School Street.