It's such a part of Christmas that we never even think about how weird it is to stick a giant tree in your living room. But people were decorating their homes with trees that stay green year-round even before the advent of Christianity, according to History. Eventually the practice spread, and became associated with Christmas because "Christians decorated evergreen trees with apples to represent the Garden of Eden, calling them 'Paradise Trees' around the time of Adam and Eve's name day—December 24," according to Mental Floss. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were pictures standing around a Christmas tree in 1848, the tradition really caught on in Europe and North America. Today, 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. alone each year. s felt worldwide, and by 1900, 1 in 5 American families had a Christmas tree. Today, 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year.
Those apples for the Paradise Trees were the earliest ornaments, and Queen Victoria and her beautiful tree decorated with toys, candles, and candies were the precursor to today's elaborate ornaments.