Yep I know, some people seem to have these up in August, whilst other might put them up as a last minute thing on Christmas Eve.

Whether you put them up or not, you can't fail to notice the decorations in your local town.

Did you know:

  • People used to believe that it was unlucky to use evergreens
  • Evergreens (from the Old English word aefie meaning “always” and gowan meaning “to grow”) have been symbols of eternal life and rebirth since ancient times The pagan use and worship of evergreen boughs and trees has evolved into the Christianized Christmas tree
  • We didn't have any Christmas trees until Prince Albert brought one over from Germany, for his wife, and put it in Windsor Castle in 1841
  • In 1647 Christmas was banned in England, and anyone found making Christmas pies, or putting up Christmas decorations, was in serious trouble, and often arrested as an example to others
  • It is considered unlucky not to take them down on the 12th day after Christmas (5th January)
  • As candles were considered a fire hazard and electric lights weren't available, initially Christmas Trees were decorated with stars
  • Initially trees were decorated as they had lost their leaves and people were suspicious that the spirits had abandoned them. At first this was done with apples
  • The traditional three colours of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty
  • In Poland they use spider webs to decorate the tree as it is believed that it was the silk from a spider that was used to weave the blanket for the baby Jesus
  • Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings