O Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree How Lovely Are Your Branches
The Christmas tree is one of the most loved holiday decoration. It holds a special place in our hearts and homes .German Immigrants first brought the Christmas tree to America as early as the 1700's. It wasn't until it became popular in Victorian England that American's adopted the custom.
It was after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's German husband, decorated a evergreen tree at Christmas time. The Victorians than followed his lead by placing and decorating trees in their homes as well. It was not long after America embraced the idea as well.Many hours were then spent by family members, including the children ,creating decorations of their own imaginations or with the help of the Ladies Publications of the day.The Victorian Christmas tree has been truly been kept alive by famous Authors, such as Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen, describing to us the beauty of it's lovely branches.
Victorian decorations and ornaments,such as potpourri balls, paper fans, nosegays etc. are all simple to make and yet bring a sense of nostalgia as well as elegance and romance to the Christmas tree.
Embellished Paper Fan Ornament
Victorian Style Paper Fan Ornament
12" x 4" strip of wrapping paper ( I use a foil type of wrapping paper)
9" length of narrow ribbon or cord, used to hang the ornament
Embellishments of your choice.....dried or ribbon rosebuds, bead srands and ribbon etc
a small amount of glue
1.Fold paper in 1/2' to 5/8" accordion pleats, make your first fold to the back side of the paper.
2.Glue the ends together at lower end, clamp with a clothes pin until dry. being careful open pleats.
3. Punch a small hole (large enough to lace the ribbon or cord) at the top center of the fan. Lace ribbon through the hole and knot ends together to form the hanger.
4. Glue your embellishments to the bottom part of your fan.
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The Christmas tree is one of the most loved holiday decoration. It holds a special place in our hearts and homes .German immigrants brought it to our country in the 1700's, although, most Americans did not adopt the custom until it became popular in Victorian England.