Retro is definitely in this year. It’s invaded our fashion (sometimes for the better, often for the worse), it’s invaded our music (80’s synths are everywhere. Again.) so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s invading Christmas to. There’s something about looking at an old-school Christmas display that just tugs at our poor old heart strings. It’s the kind of nostalgia that you can’t shake! From tinsel, through to a a mish-mash of baubles that’s all been colour coordinated, erratically, by someone who’s evidently dropped a tab of LSTree. So, where did it all come from? When did we start doing these mad and wonderful things?
Christmas, as we know it, wasn’t celebrated too much prior to the 1800’s. In fact it was hardly celebrated at all (we don’t even want to imagine it…) however, the change to Christmas as we know it happened, and it happened very quickly!
Many attribute the change to Queen Victoria, it was her marriage to the German-born Prince Albert that introduced some of the most prominent aspects of Christmas that we still have today. In 1848 a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree, was published and before you could say “Santa!” every home in Britain had a tree bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit and homemade decorations! Not to mention all gifts placed beneath! Christmas obviously continued to evolve from here but this is where many of the traditions we know, and love, first started!
So, why are we thinking about the old-school?
We’re Pines and Needles, we’re innovators, always at the forefront of Christmas technology and development! “Out with the old and in with the new!” you may be shouting, but, that’s certainly not always the case… We appreciate every side of Christmas here, the contemporary and the classic, the traditional and the mould breaking, to us it’s all just part of what makes Christmas so special. If there’s one thing for certain it’s that you can’t have the present without the past and we are thrilled to be paying a little homage to that past with our Vintage collection.