Nothing beats a bit of festive cheer! Raise your hand if you have celebrated Christmas early 🙋🏻♀️ Alex and I are lucky to have two Christmas’ (one with my family and one with his). This year it’s my family’s turn to have us on Christmas Day so we have already had our Christmas with Alex’s! My parents in law very kindly treated us to a lovely dinner here, in Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden. This French restaurant has been voted the most romantic in London (quote right too) and at Christmas time the interior is absolutely beautiful! An entire ceiling of baubles! 🎄
It’s very easy to forget at this time of year that not everyone celebrates Christmas! Are you a Christmas celebrator or is there another special occasion you enjoy?
Christmas decorations always cheer me up, but where did they come from? Well most of it we can thank the Germans for, but not all! Tinsel was in fact invented by the Germans in the 1600s, but it wasn’t the sparkly plastic we know (and love/hate) today, it was really shredded silver!! Unfortunately the silver would be ruined by candles so they started using tin and lead, but this was far too heavy and the Brits took over and created the plastic version that we still see now.
Baubles were also invented in Germany (thank you 🙏🏻) in the 1840s, these were originally fruit and nut shaped glass. The baubles tickled the fancy of Queen Victoria who brought them to Britain a few decades later. American retailer F.W. Woolworth made his fortune by importing baubles into the country in 1880 and soon made $25 million in sales from them 😮