Well we got it! We managed to fight our way through the crowds and come back alive with it.
It was, of course, the Christmas Tree. Now once upon a time you got the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve and decorated it then. It then stayed up for the Twelve days of Christmas (that occur from Christmas and not the twelve days before) and came down on the feast of Epiphany (the 6th January) – when the magi (or wise men) were supposed to have arrived (do remember these – they may come in handy for a Christmas Quiz!).
Nowadays it has all changed for the vast majority of us.
But then, most of the traditions are recent ones. The idea of the Christmas Tree itself comes from Germany and was introduced into Britain in the 18th Century by the Royal family – in fact through Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz after her marriage to King George III. But it didn’t take off until the 19th century and Queen Victoria.
So, we don’t put our Christmas Tree up on Christmas Eve. We put it up about two weekends before Christmas and then take it down at Epiphany. There is no rhyme or logic to it other than that’s what we like to do.
The other thing is how do you decorate it? Do you theme it or do you have a wide variety of stuff to put on it? I must admit that we are in the mix it all up (sans tinsel) bracket.
So how about you? When do you put it up and take it down? Real or artificial? Themed or “let it all hang out”? What is your tradition?