Make your own Christmas wreath
Making your own Christmas wreath brings an authentic feel to your Victorian Christmas. The Victorians often made pieces by hand from local materials. Plants and foliage from the estate would have provided everything they needed to create their own Victorian Christmas decorations.
To make your own wreath, you’ll need willow or dogwood shoots, each about 3 feet in length, for the base. Carefully bend 3–5 flexible shoots into a circular shape, weave them together and tie the ends with string. Leave space between the shoots to tuck decorative foliage into the wreath. Then collect greens and berries—any decorative foliage that takes your fancy—and weave them into your wreath. Secure the foliage with string, if necessary, and add a bow if you wish. Make sure there’s a way of tying your wreath to the door—raffia is an excellent choice—and voila! A beautiful, Victorian Christmas decoration.