An apple in the tree!

The tradition of decorating Christmas trees started in Eastern France in the 16th century (then part of Germany).

Trees were then ornated with flowers and fruits (notably apples). A drought in 1858 destroyed the apple harvest, prompting a glass blower from Goetzenbruck, a Lorraine village on the Moselle, to create apple-shaped glass baubles.

The practice spread quickly around Europe, and by the late 1800′s the local glass factory at Goetzenbruck was manufacturing tens of thousands of baubles.