Light and Life

Light and life at the darkest time of the year. The tradition of bringing greenery and light into the house during the darkest time of the year is ancient, predating Christianity by thousands of years. The tradition was largely lost in northern Europe by the 19th century except in some Germanic communities.

Following her marriage to German Prince Albert, England’s Queen Victoria reintroduced the Christmas tree to Britain when an engraving was published in 1848 featured the Queen, the Prince, and their children decorating a tree.

This was just five years after Charles Dickens had published “A Christmas Carol,” introducing the world to Mr. Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and the ghostly Christmas Eve visitors to Scrooge’s chamber. Between Dickens and Prince Albert, Christmas as we know it was born. The Victorian tradition lives on at our old house.

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