With faithful leaves unchanging

In 1842, the first Christmas tree in Virginia was put up in the home of Judge Tucker in Williamsburg. Political refugee Charles Minnigerode had moved there to take up a professorship at William & Mary and was a boarder in the Tucker home. He entertained the Tucker children by cutting down a small evergreen and putting it on a table in the parlor. He helped them string popcorn and make other ornaments to decorate it. The following Christmas, many homes in Williamsburg had trees and a tradition began. These were not likely the first trees in Virginia. In 1776, Hessian soldiers who had been hired by the English to fight against the colonials were purported to have small trees in their camps. After the war ended, many stayed in the colonies and had trees in their own homes. Regardless of who was first, there's nothing like the smell of evergreens at Christmas.