The transformation happened quickly, and came from all sectors of society.

published a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree, a tradition that was reminiscent of Prince Albert's childhood in Germany.

The commercialisation of Christmas was well on its way.

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Together with the introduction of the halfpenny postage rate, the Christmas card industry took off.

By the 1880s the sending of cards had become hugely popular, creating a lucrative industry that produced 11.5 million cards in 1880 alone.

However the sentiment caught on and many children - Queen Victoria's included – were encouraged to make their own Christmas cards.

In this age of industrialisation colour printing technology quickly became more advanced, causing the price of card production to drop significantly.

Many businesses did not even consider it a holiday.

However by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form that we recognise today.

Initially gifts were rather modest – fruit, nuts, sweets and small handmade trinkets. However, as gift giving became more central to the festival, and the gifts became bigger and shop-bought, they moved under the tree.

The Christmas feast has its roots from before the Middle Ages, but it's during the Victorian period that the dinner we now associate with Christmas began to take shape.

Decorating the home at Christmas also became a more elaborate affair.