clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

How Christmas trees stopped being just a German thing

A tree in your house went from niche to international tradition.

Christmas trees went from niche to international

How exactly did Christmas trees become a tradition? After all, it’s a little weird to invite such a large plant inside your house.

The practice has roots as a German custom, but it’s how it made it out of Germany that’s really interesting. It involves royal marriages, a viral illustration, and even a bit of mass immigration too. Watch the above video to learn more.

Further reading:

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Vox Recommends

Get curated picks of the best Vox journalism to read, watch, and listen to every week, from our editors.