Spode’s original Christmas Tree is one of the world’s best-know tableware designs. These unique seasonal pieces, featuring a Christmas Tree profusely decorated with baubles and tinsel, produce the most evocative festive table.In May 1938 Harold Holdway was one of the Spode designers charged with producing a new festive design. When he drew the Christmas Tree he had to be rather inventive, as he had never seen one. So, his initial design was a plate with a central design of a Christmas Tree with presents hanging from the branches. The design was amended when Harold was informed presents were heaped on the floor around the bottom of the tree, with only decorations on the tree itself.And, if you arewondering why the Spode Christmas Tree has a Santa on the top, well. Harold had no idea what they put at the top of the tree, which is why the Spode Christmas Tree has a Santa instead of a fairy.