Four weeks until Christmas! I’ve decided to make my own Advent calendar of sorts, and each Friday until Christmas will be sharing a historical Christmas tree from the time period of one of our dolls. Christmas trees were a brand new fashion in the United States in Cécile’s time. The Christmas tree as we know it today was made popular by Queen Victoria of England during the 1840s, after centuries of both Christian and pagan traditions of brining evergreen trees inside at the winter solstice. In Meet Cécile, she mentions that while she thinks the Christmas tree is pretty, she thinks it is kind of silly. I don’t think that is a popular view with most ten year old girls today!
Christmas ornaments were not really manufactured in 1853, so her tree would have been decorated with handmade items, candles, and fruit. She was from wealthy family who lived in New Orleans, so I think that she might have had access to oranges and lemons.
Any guesses as to whose Christmas tree will be featured next week? You will notice, as a true testament to history and how some traditions evolve and some remain timeless, you will see common elements from one time period to the next. I hope everyone enjoys the first official day of the Christmas season!