The Complete Table: Christmastime of Yore

The Complete Table: Christmastime of Yore
Johnson Brothers’ Victorian Christmas celebrates the season and the time-honored tradition of the Christmas tree.

Text by Britt E. Stafford
Photography by John O’Hagan

An impeccably garnished spruce, pine, or fir tree is an iconic custom during the Yuletide season. However, the elaborate and ornamented Christmas tradition celebrated today didn’t blossom among the British until the reign of Queen Victoria. An image of the royal family gathered around an elaborately decorated tree, published in 1848, inspired the nation to follow suit and incorporate decorated foliage in the home as part of the holiday celebration. 


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