The Royal Copenhagen series of the Annual Christmas tree was started in 2007 and a new figurine is added to the series every year.
Royal Copenhagen Annual Christmas Tree
In 2007 Royal Copenhagen started its series of porcelain Christmas trees, which were subsequently published every year and still is. Every year the Christmas tree is beautifully decorated with typical Danish Christmas decorations. The first two years (2007 and 2008) the Royal Copenhagen Christmas tree was in a pot marked with the year, but since then it has been a Christmas tree on foot. In 2007, the Royal Copenhagen Christmas tree was decorated with candles, flag chains with Danish flags, red bows and small gifts. This was the first Christmas tree in series and therefore there are also many who first became aware of the series the following year. The 2007 Royal Copenhagen Christmas tree is difficult to find, perhaps the factory did not make so many of them the first year, because the factory wanted to see how the figurine was received. Collectors who bought the Christmas tree already the first year, has continued the tradition of collecting the Annual Christmas Tree from Royal Copenhagen.
A special Danish tradition is our braided Christmas heart that we hang on the Christmas tree with or without candy. Christmas hearts were introduced at the end of 1800, and are today seen on many Danish Christmas trees. For many children it is a tradition to make Christmas hearts every year for Christmas and hang them on the Christmas tree. The homemade Christmas hearts gives the tree a unique and personal look that all depends on the children's creativity and color choices. That we even make our Christmas decorations are a central part of Christmas, because we associate the month of December and Christmas with family fun, where we help each other with the preparation of sweets, Christmas decorations, Christmas gifts etc. It is a time that can be stressful, but once Christmas comes, everybody relaxes and enjoy the holidays as a family.
The typical Danish Christmas hearts in red/white is the only ornaments we see at Royal Copenhagen Christmas tree from 2008. Whether hearts are filled with candy we can only guess, but it certainly looks inviting.
On the Annual Christmas Tree 2009 from Royal Copenhagen the Christmas ornaments are more varied and consists of cones, braided Christmas hearts, angels, drums, rocking horses and trumpets. At the 2009 Christmas tree a gold trumpet is hanging on one of the lower branches. This could make us think of the popular Christmas ornaments from Georg Jensen, who in 1991 showed a trumpet. Every year Georg Jensen launches new candle holders and ornaments for the Christmas tree. Both light holders and ornaments are great collectibles.
In 2010 the Royal Copenhagen Christmas tree was decorated with singing angels and red bows. The angels are of great importance for Christmas, they are a symbol of peace and is a link between God and man. It was angels who appeared to the shepherds in the fields and asked them to find Jesus in the manger. Angels are often seen singing or playing on harps, trumpets and other instruments.
Royal Copenhagen Annual Christmas Tree 2011 is adorned with stars and garlands. Garlands are often made of different colored glossy paper, which are cut into strips of about 1 centimeter width, and glued together in the ends to form a lot of circular rings, which are inserted into each other. The definition of a garland is actually a chain of decoration and also flag chains are popular Christmas tree garlands.
Royal Copenhagen Christmas Tree 2012 is also decorated with cones, ornaments and a Christmas goat made of straw, tied together with red ribbons. Where the Christmas Goat actually originates is an open question, but it has been a symbol of Christmas for many years. The Christmas goat can bee seen in all sizes from meter tall bucks to small decorations for the Christmas tree. Under the Christmas tree, we in Denmark have tradition of placing the Christmas presents, so we can admire them while we dance around the Christmas tree. Christmas gifts add an extra dimension to the decoration and the guest have done a great job of making the packaging as festive as possible.
The 2013 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Tree is ready for Christmas and decorated with toys such as teddy bears and dolls - a beautiful sight for the children.