Decorate like a Victorian
3 TIPS FOR RECREATING A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS IN YOUR OWN HOME
1. Garland. Fresh greens were a large part of decorating Christmas trees during the Gilded Age. Shimmering golds and silvers were laid across the tree to add that extra splash of extravagance and flamboyant charm that characterize the Victorians.
2. Yule log. During the 19th century, burning a Yule log fell out of favor due to smaller wood burning stoves. As a result, Victorians decorated their holiday table with a small log in remembrance of the original tradition. Make your own fancy and tasteful log centerpiece for your holiday dinner table. Simple pieces of holly or small wreaths paired with the decorated piece will make a beautiful 19th century statement.
3. Stockings. Forego store-bought stockings and make your own. Legend tells that Saint Nicholas left a sack of gold in the stockings of poor women during this generous season. Their stockings were hanging outside, left to dry. Leaving a sock out for Saint Nicholas to fill was popularized in the 19th century. Knit your own stockings and display them above your fireplace for added Victorian style to your Christmas.