Dec­o­rate like a Vic­to­rian


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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.

The Lit­tle Book of Christmas by Do­minique Foufelle, pub­lished by Chron­i­cle Books, © 2017; chron­i­cle­

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