I am catching up on my blogging topics this evening – it has been that kind of weekend.  I was happy to see Christmas trees as a topic because I mentioned them as part of my intro story during my sermon today.  While the Christmas tree became popular in America for several reasons, the single biggest factor was the publication of the below engraving, featuring Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their tree, in 1850.  Once the image started making the rounds, people wanted trees and decorations.  At one point, Woolworth was selling $25 million a year worth of imported German Christmas ornaments.

And again the same problem.  Hmmm.  Well, you can check out the illustration here.
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