Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree.
Evergreen conifers to celebrate Christmas have been popular in Germany since the 15th and 16th century; evergreen wreaths and boughs were used by the Egyptians, Chinese and Hebrews going back to pagan times. In Britain Christmas Trees have been popular since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married in 1841 but were actually introduced here by Queen Charlotte the wife of King George lll.
On a more modest level this is our tree this year, I put the lights on and then Mrs Sixwheeler makes it look lovely. Finally I put our fairy, who looks like Helena Bonham-Carter, on the top. I think it’s one of our best.
15 December 2014
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Looking good!! (Have you heard the story of why there is an angel on top of the Christmas tree?)
No I haven’t, do tell please. On 16 Dec 2014 07:05, “The Sixwheeler Chronicles” wrote:
A CHRISTMAS STORY
Four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.
When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you.
Where would you like me to stick it?’
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Not a lot of people know this.
I really did not see that coming! I thought you were going to give me some historical/cultural context. Thank you, I can get up now with a huge grin on my face.
Yes, but will you be able to put the angel on top of the tree without feeling the pain!
Possibly not, we’ll see next year.
I had to switch back to putting a star on top after hearing that story :)