Victorian Christmas Decorations
by Giorgina Devereaux
Victorian Christmas decorations add antique delight to your holiday decorating. The detail and charm you see with Victorian Christmas decor is unlike what you’ll find with other Christmas holiday pieces. Victorian Christmas decorations, such as a Santa wearing a blue or brown coat, white bottlebrush trees, hand-knitted stockings, carved Santas, chalk Santas, and German Belsnickels definitely create a mood of nostalgia. Finding the perfect pieces that are from the 1920’s and 1930’s is doable and takes time to locate, but once you do, you will have wonderful pieces to display for many years to come.
With a variety of choices, you will have a holiday home replete with eye-catching Victorian festive pieces. You can display pieces that you’ve collected or you can purchase items that are new or used with that Victorian look.
Making your own Victorian Christmas items is another option. For instance, you can print Victorian Santas and embellish them using tinsel and glitter. This makes the perfect accent for an antique feather tree.
Other ideas include displaying the following Victorian Christmas decor:
• Snow-covered miniature houses
• Glitter-dusted snowmen
• Feather trees and bottlebrush trees
• Holiday postcards
• Paper chenille wreaths
• Christmas Putz (miniature landscape arranged at the foot of the Christmas tree)
• Kewpie Santa
Victorian Christmas Tree
The popularity of Christmas trees dates back to when Victoria was queen and she and her family gathered around their Christmas tree in Windsor Castle in 1848. During this year, an etching of Victoria, Albert, and their children appeared in, “The Illustrated London News.” Around that same time, Charles Minnegerode, a German professor at the College of William and Mary trimmed a small evergreen to bring children joy at the St. George Tucker House. As a result, Christmas trees became popular in England and the focal point of the Victorian family Christmas.
A traditionally decorated Victorian tree consisted of marzipan, burning wax candles, hard candies, cookies, gingerbread men, fruit, cotton-batting Santas, paper fans, tin soldiers, whistles, wind-up toys, pine cones, dried fruits, nuts, and berries. A Victorian favorite was paper cornucopias filled with nuts, candies, and other goodies.
Later in the century, imported ornaments from Germany replaced the homemade ones. The glass icicles arrived first, along with hand-blown glass called kugels. Dresden ornaments were embossed silver and gold cardboard ornaments that were shaped like moons, butterflies, fish, birds, ships, animals, flowers, trolley cars, and automobiles. A cherished ornament was the Nuremberg angel atop the tree. The angel’s wings were spun of glass and it was adorned with a crinkled gold skirt, along with a wax or bisque face. Angels and cherubs were central because they represented the Victorian ideal of childlike innocence.
Other items to display on a Victorian Christmas tree include:
• Victorian Christmas Cards
You can create your own garland using cranberries and popcorn. Lace makes a nice touch for a tree and adds a delicate touch. Doilies can be used to create various Victorian Christmas ornaments. You can brush small doilies with glue, sprinkle them with glitter, and hang them on the tree using different colored ribbons. You can also make doilies in the shape of a cone and fill them with potpourri. This is a lovely aroma.
Victorian Christmas cards also make fabulous ornaments. Simply cut out the picture and glue it on a doily. Attach a ribbon and hang on the tree.
Lighting in colors, such as gold, white, and red look beautiful on a Victorian Christmas tree.
Victorian Christmas decorations will bring glitter to your holiday season.
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