Queen Victoria and the Christmas tree.
By the 18th century, Christmas trees were a tradition in Germany and their use started to spread to other counties in Europe. German emigrants brought the tradition with them to Canada and the US. But it wasn't until 1848 when Queen Victoria and her German husband Prince Albert put up a Christmas tree in Windsor Castle that the tradition took hold in non-German communities. An illustration of their tree surrounded by the royal family appeared on the cover of a paper called The Illustrated London News. The publication of that illustration started a craze to follow in the path of the Royal Family and popularized the Christmas tree in Canada.
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