Tuesday, 6 December 2011
O Christmas Tree
Part of the Christmas tree in Albert Square, with the Town Hall clock tower behind.
The square is named after Prince Albert (who was first cousin and husband of Queen Victoria) and who is considered to have introduced the German tradition of a fir tree at Christmas to the UK. This occured from 1841 when he had one brought over from Germany for one of the many palaces that the British Royal Family reside in. The idea took off and the tree became an annual feature in more modest homes of the 19th century.
For some weekly splashes of festive red see the Ruby Tuesday blog at: http://workofthepoet.blogspot.com/