Christmas is a time steeped in tradition, whether that be reading the same books, listening to festive music or displaying time-old decorations. Our capital city also embraces many traditions, one of them being the beautiful Christmas tree on display in Trafalgar Square. A.N. Wilson’s charming story, The King and the Christmas Tree, is today’s Advent offering, and tells the story of how this tree came to be.
It’s a frosty night in 1940 and German U-boats have reached Oslo. Norway is on the cusp of falling foul of the Nazi regime; but King Haakon VII of Norway refuses to surrender. He escapes to safety in the United Kingdom, becoming a bright beacon of hope and a symbol of resistance for the Norwegian people. As a token of gratitude, Norway have gifted the people of Britain a Christmas Tree – a reminder of kindness, bravery, and the enduring power of Christmas even in times of great challenge for all. This short, sweet story is a great read for children and adults alike, telling a fascinating true story.
Imogen and the festival team x