The tree

V-and-A-Tree-1848Jo here, following Pat's Californian tree with a more traditional one — the one that started it. The German people who'd married into the British royal family had brought the tradition with them, but it wasn't until the London Illustrated News in 1848 printed a picture of Victoria, Albert, and their young children with their tree that it became the rage.

And here's a variation on the tree, from much the same period. Treeked 

There are some very odd Victoria pictures in a database I own. What do you think of this one? (You can click on it to see a bigger version.) To me, it looks as if she's trying to hang the child on the tree as a living Christmas fairy!

Do you have any memorable Christmas trees in your mind?

Happy Christmastide,

Jo

50 thoughts on “The tree”

  1. My favorite tree was my 10′ artificial tree that I had when I owned a duplex with a cathedral ceiling. It took two days and a ladder to put up the lights and another day to trim. But it was the highlight of my annual Christmas gathering. Some of those evenings were magical.
    The saddest Christmas tree was the one that my father cut in 1980. Mt. St. Helen’s ash stuck to the trunk and some of the needles. He shook it out, losing a bunch of needles. After the slightly bare tree was in the house a couple of days, most of us were coughing and sniffling. We dismantled the tree and on the burn pile it went. The next year, my parents opted for an artificial tree. Of course, we were now all in college and not around to go hunting Christmas trees with Dad, either.

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  2. My favorite tree was my 10′ artificial tree that I had when I owned a duplex with a cathedral ceiling. It took two days and a ladder to put up the lights and another day to trim. But it was the highlight of my annual Christmas gathering. Some of those evenings were magical.
    The saddest Christmas tree was the one that my father cut in 1980. Mt. St. Helen’s ash stuck to the trunk and some of the needles. He shook it out, losing a bunch of needles. After the slightly bare tree was in the house a couple of days, most of us were coughing and sniffling. We dismantled the tree and on the burn pile it went. The next year, my parents opted for an artificial tree. Of course, we were now all in college and not around to go hunting Christmas trees with Dad, either.

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  3. My favorite tree was my 10′ artificial tree that I had when I owned a duplex with a cathedral ceiling. It took two days and a ladder to put up the lights and another day to trim. But it was the highlight of my annual Christmas gathering. Some of those evenings were magical.
    The saddest Christmas tree was the one that my father cut in 1980. Mt. St. Helen’s ash stuck to the trunk and some of the needles. He shook it out, losing a bunch of needles. After the slightly bare tree was in the house a couple of days, most of us were coughing and sniffling. We dismantled the tree and on the burn pile it went. The next year, my parents opted for an artificial tree. Of course, we were now all in college and not around to go hunting Christmas trees with Dad, either.

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  4. My favorite tree was my 10′ artificial tree that I had when I owned a duplex with a cathedral ceiling. It took two days and a ladder to put up the lights and another day to trim. But it was the highlight of my annual Christmas gathering. Some of those evenings were magical.
    The saddest Christmas tree was the one that my father cut in 1980. Mt. St. Helen’s ash stuck to the trunk and some of the needles. He shook it out, losing a bunch of needles. After the slightly bare tree was in the house a couple of days, most of us were coughing and sniffling. We dismantled the tree and on the burn pile it went. The next year, my parents opted for an artificial tree. Of course, we were now all in college and not around to go hunting Christmas trees with Dad, either.

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  5. My favorite tree was my 10′ artificial tree that I had when I owned a duplex with a cathedral ceiling. It took two days and a ladder to put up the lights and another day to trim. But it was the highlight of my annual Christmas gathering. Some of those evenings were magical.
    The saddest Christmas tree was the one that my father cut in 1980. Mt. St. Helen’s ash stuck to the trunk and some of the needles. He shook it out, losing a bunch of needles. After the slightly bare tree was in the house a couple of days, most of us were coughing and sniffling. We dismantled the tree and on the burn pile it went. The next year, my parents opted for an artificial tree. Of course, we were now all in college and not around to go hunting Christmas trees with Dad, either.

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  6. The tree I remember most — we had decorated a 7 ft tree and it was in a stand I liked, as it was wide sturdy plastic that held a fair amount of water, as compared to the small,shallow metal one I had used for years.
    The next morning I came downstairs to find the carpet soaked. The “sturdy” plastic had a crack and all the water seeped out. I did not relish taking all the ornaments off, even though many were family treasures and breakable. My son and I carefully laid the tree down, took off the stand and put on the old “small, shallow metal” one. We righted the tree and I was happy to see not one broken ornament.

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  7. The tree I remember most — we had decorated a 7 ft tree and it was in a stand I liked, as it was wide sturdy plastic that held a fair amount of water, as compared to the small,shallow metal one I had used for years.
    The next morning I came downstairs to find the carpet soaked. The “sturdy” plastic had a crack and all the water seeped out. I did not relish taking all the ornaments off, even though many were family treasures and breakable. My son and I carefully laid the tree down, took off the stand and put on the old “small, shallow metal” one. We righted the tree and I was happy to see not one broken ornament.

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  8. The tree I remember most — we had decorated a 7 ft tree and it was in a stand I liked, as it was wide sturdy plastic that held a fair amount of water, as compared to the small,shallow metal one I had used for years.
    The next morning I came downstairs to find the carpet soaked. The “sturdy” plastic had a crack and all the water seeped out. I did not relish taking all the ornaments off, even though many were family treasures and breakable. My son and I carefully laid the tree down, took off the stand and put on the old “small, shallow metal” one. We righted the tree and I was happy to see not one broken ornament.

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  9. The tree I remember most — we had decorated a 7 ft tree and it was in a stand I liked, as it was wide sturdy plastic that held a fair amount of water, as compared to the small,shallow metal one I had used for years.
    The next morning I came downstairs to find the carpet soaked. The “sturdy” plastic had a crack and all the water seeped out. I did not relish taking all the ornaments off, even though many were family treasures and breakable. My son and I carefully laid the tree down, took off the stand and put on the old “small, shallow metal” one. We righted the tree and I was happy to see not one broken ornament.

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  10. The tree I remember most — we had decorated a 7 ft tree and it was in a stand I liked, as it was wide sturdy plastic that held a fair amount of water, as compared to the small,shallow metal one I had used for years.
    The next morning I came downstairs to find the carpet soaked. The “sturdy” plastic had a crack and all the water seeped out. I did not relish taking all the ornaments off, even though many were family treasures and breakable. My son and I carefully laid the tree down, took off the stand and put on the old “small, shallow metal” one. We righted the tree and I was happy to see not one broken ornament.

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  11. We had a seven foot tree. We also had three very active cats.
    After the second time the tree was overturned I tied the top of the tree to stable points and no more overturned trees.
    Until we left that house each Christmas tree was tied at the top.

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  12. We had a seven foot tree. We also had three very active cats.
    After the second time the tree was overturned I tied the top of the tree to stable points and no more overturned trees.
    Until we left that house each Christmas tree was tied at the top.

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  13. We had a seven foot tree. We also had three very active cats.
    After the second time the tree was overturned I tied the top of the tree to stable points and no more overturned trees.
    Until we left that house each Christmas tree was tied at the top.

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  14. We had a seven foot tree. We also had three very active cats.
    After the second time the tree was overturned I tied the top of the tree to stable points and no more overturned trees.
    Until we left that house each Christmas tree was tied at the top.

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  15. We had a seven foot tree. We also had three very active cats.
    After the second time the tree was overturned I tied the top of the tree to stable points and no more overturned trees.
    Until we left that house each Christmas tree was tied at the top.

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  16. Ah yes, cats. And children. We got our tree when our first was not quite one but a good walker with lots of curiosity, so all the lower branches were clear of ornaments!

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  17. Ah yes, cats. And children. We got our tree when our first was not quite one but a good walker with lots of curiosity, so all the lower branches were clear of ornaments!

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  18. Ah yes, cats. And children. We got our tree when our first was not quite one but a good walker with lots of curiosity, so all the lower branches were clear of ornaments!

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  19. Ah yes, cats. And children. We got our tree when our first was not quite one but a good walker with lots of curiosity, so all the lower branches were clear of ornaments!

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  20. Ah yes, cats. And children. We got our tree when our first was not quite one but a good walker with lots of curiosity, so all the lower branches were clear of ornaments!

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  21. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that second picture before!
    Not my favourite, but the most memorable was probably the one I had when I was nineteen and sharing a bedsit in London with a friend. We couldn’t find a bucket, so we tried to stand it up in a saucepan stuffed with empty Pepsi cans. It fell over at about three o’clock every morning. My flatmate was a heavy sleeper, so it was always me who had to get up and fix it!

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  22. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that second picture before!
    Not my favourite, but the most memorable was probably the one I had when I was nineteen and sharing a bedsit in London with a friend. We couldn’t find a bucket, so we tried to stand it up in a saucepan stuffed with empty Pepsi cans. It fell over at about three o’clock every morning. My flatmate was a heavy sleeper, so it was always me who had to get up and fix it!

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  23. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that second picture before!
    Not my favourite, but the most memorable was probably the one I had when I was nineteen and sharing a bedsit in London with a friend. We couldn’t find a bucket, so we tried to stand it up in a saucepan stuffed with empty Pepsi cans. It fell over at about three o’clock every morning. My flatmate was a heavy sleeper, so it was always me who had to get up and fix it!

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  24. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that second picture before!
    Not my favourite, but the most memorable was probably the one I had when I was nineteen and sharing a bedsit in London with a friend. We couldn’t find a bucket, so we tried to stand it up in a saucepan stuffed with empty Pepsi cans. It fell over at about three o’clock every morning. My flatmate was a heavy sleeper, so it was always me who had to get up and fix it!

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  25. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that second picture before!
    Not my favourite, but the most memorable was probably the one I had when I was nineteen and sharing a bedsit in London with a friend. We couldn’t find a bucket, so we tried to stand it up in a saucepan stuffed with empty Pepsi cans. It fell over at about three o’clock every morning. My flatmate was a heavy sleeper, so it was always me who had to get up and fix it!

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  26. I could say a lot about Christmas trees, but one of my childhood memories (before farmed trees) is the Year of Diminished Circumstances when our tree was two scrawny rejects tied together and well disguised with tinsel.

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  27. I could say a lot about Christmas trees, but one of my childhood memories (before farmed trees) is the Year of Diminished Circumstances when our tree was two scrawny rejects tied together and well disguised with tinsel.

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  28. I could say a lot about Christmas trees, but one of my childhood memories (before farmed trees) is the Year of Diminished Circumstances when our tree was two scrawny rejects tied together and well disguised with tinsel.

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  29. I could say a lot about Christmas trees, but one of my childhood memories (before farmed trees) is the Year of Diminished Circumstances when our tree was two scrawny rejects tied together and well disguised with tinsel.

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  30. I could say a lot about Christmas trees, but one of my childhood memories (before farmed trees) is the Year of Diminished Circumstances when our tree was two scrawny rejects tied together and well disguised with tinsel.

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