I want to wish you all a fabulous Holiday! I’m enjoying what works out to be a 4 day weekend and I intend to spend most of it in my PJ’s! Woot Woot!
I thought you might enjoy some inspiration that I got from the local house museum Dalnavert.
The Origin of the Christmas Tree by Heather Mousseau
In 1841 Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Victoria, imported a small Christmas tree from his homeland and the fashion quickly caught on. Called German trees at first, they generally stood about 4 feet high and were placed on a table as we have done in the study at Dalnavert. They were decorated with small presents, sugared fruit or candy as we do in the cornucopias on our parlour tree, little toys, and other tiny items. Children might string garlands of cranberries or popped corn to trim their tree. They were lit by small wax tapers and must have looked quite lovely when all lit up.
As often happens, after being overwhelmed by the prep for an event, I find inspiration to add to my stress level for next time! The above paragraph inspired me to have a bit of Victorian Christmas in my home. This would mean having a 3rd tree! I have my big tree with ornaments purchased or given over the years…many with sentimental meaning behind them.
Then I have a little tree of elephant ornaments because I love elephants.
This is the latest acquisition.
Now I want a Victorian Tree.
To have this Victorian tree, I will need to find a 4 foot artificial tree. (1 step away from authentic but no need to kill a tree every year). I will scan the shelves this Boxing Day and see if the stores can produce one for a decent price.
The tree needs to be on a table, which I have. The trouble is, that table already has decorations on it.
These decorations will have to find a new home next year or be pitched into the donation bin. Then I may have to move the table because the 4 foot tree might be a bit much on a 2 foot table in the middle of the room.
The small presents would be easy enough to do…make some ornaments with small doors in them to put small things in. I think I’ve seen a blog that has instructions for Victorian ornaments like that. The candied fruit…well I could learn to do that but likely I’ll take another step away from authenticity and by the fake ones.
I could give the cranberry popcorn chain thing a try again. I did it once…and hung it up outside for the birds and squirrels. (Don’t tell the hubby I feed the squirrels. He hates them.) The waxed tapers seems a bit like a fire hazard so I will take another step away from authenticity and see if I can find the battery operated kind and then come up with a way to attach them. Perhaps glue some alligator clips on them…very authentic!
Then I will put the gifts for my costuming chums under it. All wrapped in brown paper or tissue paper and tied with ribbon or lace.
Now the pragmatic part of me is saying, “yes, that seems like fun but, you didn’t put out all of the decorations this year (or last) because you didn’t feel like it. What makes you think you’ll want to put out more next year? And where will you put it hmmm? And if you can’t find places for it all without resorting to little used rooms and step ladders…”
“…what makes you think there will be room for it all when you DOWNSIZE in a year or two? And the idea of starting to collect those little Victorian buildings and creating a town is stupid.”
Oh shut up pragmatic side. You are spoiling my muse.