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Why did we start putting candles on Christmas trees?

The Victorians did lots of things that seem strange to us now – wearing approximately fifteen layers of clothing in the height of summer and cycling around on penny farthings being just two of them. But even for them, it still strikes us as a little counter-intuitive to put lots of naked flames on a great big piece of dry wood. So why did they put candles on their Christmas trees? And when did they stop? And what’s the most impressive modern take on this tradition? To understand the reasoning behind the lit up tree, we have to go back to the origins of the Christmas tree in Germany. In the sixteenth century, Miracle Plays were performed in front of...

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