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Colonial Christmas at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
Some of the most cherished Christmas customs and symbols were introduced in Britain and America during the 19th century Victorian Era, particularly the 1840s. In 1841, German Prince Albert gave his new bride, England’s Queen Victoria, a tabletop Christmas tree decorated with candles, exquisite hand-blown glass German ornaments and assorted sweetmeats. Two years later, Sir Henry Cole introduced the first commercial Christmas card -- 2,050 of them to be exact; also, Charles Dickens penned his acclaimed A Christmas Carol.