While Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, is credited with introducing the mainstream to the Christmas tree in 1848, the concept of celebrating with evergreen trees dates back thousands of years. Photo: winter_wonderland_girl / Instagram

What is the true spirit of Christmas? How everything we thought we knew might just be a load of hogwash

Quite a few of the rituals we associate with Christmas have origins that many of us wouldn’t consider ‘festive’

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While Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, is credited with introducing the mainstream to the Christmas tree in 1848, the concept of celebrating with evergreen trees dates back thousands of years. Photo: winter_wonderland_girl / Instagram
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Irene Pyne

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Irene Pyne is a professional copywriter, storywriter and all-round content guru. Her interests include East Asian culture and politics, modern art, food, television and film. When she’s not writing for us, she’s spending time at idNerd’s animation studio, debating over the projectile speed of snot - for a cartoon, of course.