Jo 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.
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?