According to legend, the first Christmas tree was decorated in Germany. While German immigrants brought the tradition to North America, it did not become widely popular until the Victorian period. Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, a German prince, introduced the idea in England.
People made their own ornaments for early Victorian Christmas trees. They hung fancy cakes, gingerbreads and cornucopias filled with sweets and nuts on their trees. By the late 1800s, people decorated trees with many store-bought ornaments such as metal Dresdens.