Victorian Christmas Tree
Old-day Victorian Christmas trees are noted for their elaborate decorations which include gingerbread men, marzipan candies, cookies, fruit, hard candies, tin soldiers, whistles, paper fans, wind-up toys, dried fruits, pine cones, nuts, berries and trinkets of all kinds. The favorite decor of Victorians are the Paper cornucopias filled with candies, nuts and other treats. Some homemade such as tiny hand-stitched dolls, children's mittens, freshly baked sugar cookies etc were also important Victorian decorations. And last, but not the least, a Victorian tree must also have a Christmas doll or angel at the top. Victorian era placed a lot of importance on family Christmas celebrations hence, common decorations also included easy kids crafts such as garlands made of cranberries, popcorns or paper flowers. Towards the later part of the century, new decors like glass icicles, hand-blown glass globes (kugels) and silver and gold cardboard ornaments shaped like birds, flowers, moon, ships, butterflies, fish, animals, etc. took over the place of candies and other such decors.
Victorian Christmas Home Decor
Victorian home decor is characterized by rich greenery and natural ornaments like flowers, pinecones, berries etc. Many not-so-rich Victorians were very enthusiastic about decorating their home and celebrating Christmas and took inspiration from the nature, thus began the use of fresh, rich greenery, berries, pine corns, etc. as decors. Christmas mistletoe was also one such ornament adopted from nature. Christmas wreaths can be found on doors and behind windowpanes.
Victorian Decoration Tips
- Victorian themes are colorful and hence, try including shades like gold, cream, green and also deep jewel tones of red, green, blue and purple. Ornaments in jewel tones would be a great choice for the tree. You may use swaths of broad burgundy red ribbon instead of bright tinsel garland. Cream-hued balls and small shiny golden balls are also great choices.
- Use lots of greenery in combination with flowers, fruits, candles and ornaments. Hanging pine garlands is a signature style of Victorian decor. You may use these garlands on staircases, doorways or even over mirrors.
- Avoid electric lights as they do not fit Victorian theme, instead you may use gild-tinted mini lights and lots of candles.