Christmas is Here
|The 65th Tree *|
In 1940, when the Germans overran Norway, its King, Haakon VII, fled to Britain. While in exile in London, Haakon set up a government and planned his return to Norway once the war was over. He presented the first Christmas tree two days before Christmas in 1947 and promised one would be sent every year thereafter in gratitude for what England did for Norway between 1940-1945.
|The First Tree in 1947|
Among the facts I didn't know, is that the tree is over 21 metres high and between115 and 120 years old when it is selected and felled from a forest outside Oslo, and takes five days to travel the 700 miles by boat to London.
This year, Oslo is also sending Norwegian spruces to Rotterdam and Reykjavik, and are all decorated with 500 individual white lights.
*Copyright Photograph Christine Matthews