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Start A Tradition With Victorian Christmas Decorations

Updated on March 21, 2011

Are you dreaming of Victorian Christmas decorations? The Victorian era was many years ago, but the spirit of that era still lingers on in many Christmas traditions and decorations. If you have one of the famous Currier and Ives paintings in your mind when you think of Victorian Christmas decorations, you understand the essence of the Victorian period.

Victorian Christmas decorations are steeped in history and tradition. Visualize quaint cottages in the country, lacy clothing, bows, rich dark colors and brocades. Queen Victoria, who reigned supreme for decades from the late 1830s to just the dawn of the twentieth century, was the person for whom this era was named. Elegance and detailed are two words to describe the furniture, art and decor of the time.

Holly and ivy were part of the tradition of Victorian Christmas decorations. Remember the song, Deck the Halls? There is a line in that song that says, Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Every home whether rich or poor had greenery as a staple of their holiday decor. In fact, there were carts in the streets of cities and towns selling the greenery.

Another part of the tradition of Victorian Christmas decorations is that at one time, most of the decor was edible. Cakes, candy and other wrapped goodies were displayed on the Christmas tree with care. Popcorn balls were a popular item for the tree. Kids delighted in eating the decorations as soon as they were permitted. Other traditional Victorian Christmas decorations were lighted candles, chains made from paper and tin foil decor.

Today, you can recreate a bit of that era with your own Victorian Christmas decorations. Imagine lace, doilies, angels, ivory colored ribbons and snowflakes. Pomanders made from various fruits were also fashionable. Old glass ornaments and Dresden ornaments are reminiscent of the Victorian era as well.

Trim your tree in lace bows. Purchase lace in small rolls of various colors like antique white, ivory and light mauve. Make some bows big and some bows small. Try and use two different colored swaths of laces when you fashion your bows. Hang the bows on your tree along with white twinkling lights.

Fashion cones made out of paper and secure with adhesive. Punch holes on opposite sides of the cone, string ribbon through the hole and tie the ends in a bow to hang on the Christmas tree. This particular Victorian Christmas decoration is multi-purpose. Not only is it used as tree decor, but you can also fill it with goodies like candies or small gifts that can be opened on Christmas day.

Involve your kids in crafting of some Victorian Christmas decorations. Pop plain popcorn and buy some whole cranberries. String the popcorn and cranberries into a garland to hang on the Christmas tree. Cut paper of various colors like white, silver and gold into strips and fashion a paper chain to drape around the tree.

Tradition is what guides Victorian Christmas decorations. Imagine antiques and old-fashioned cut-outs. Regal colors of white, gold, silver and ivory were popular in the Victorian era. The choice is yours on how elaborate or simple you want your Victorian Christmas decoration to be.


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