Tiny Tim came from Manchester... and our other contributions to Christmas

A short local history of our festive season

The Christmas we know today is often credited to the Victorians. The decorated fir tree is popularly thought to have been introduced to Britain by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert after an engraving of the royal family posing in front of their tree in 1848 had people scurrying to buy their own.

But while the Royals had borrowed the idea from the Teutoni…

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