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"Prince Albert had the first Christmas tree erected in Windsor Castle in 1841 and adorned with traditional German Christmas decorations."

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TALL JARS & VASES: Martha Stewart's signature holiday project involves dusting tall, glass apothecary jars with a layer of salt or faux snow, then arranging ornaments or tiny figurines inside. It's a design-your-own, grown-up snow globe, if you will.

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White House Christmas Through the Years: A Presidential Photo Album

White House Christmas 2010 Festive garlands decorate the entrance to the East Room. The stairway leads to the private residence. — Image courtesy of Washington, D.C., photographer Marty Katz