The Story of the World’s Oldest Christmas Tree
Janet Parker of Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, probably has the world’s oldest artificial Christmas tree, it has been in her family since 1886. The miniature tree originally cost 6d (2½p), and is 12in high.
Because Mrs Parker can establish its provenance through family letters and photos, representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records, have agreed that it’s the world’s oldest artificial Christmas tree.
It was her great aunt, Lou Hicks, who gave the tree to Mrs Parker. The present owner said: ‘It amazes me to think it’s been appearing every Christmas since Victorian times. It’s still such a lovely decoration.’