Decorating the Victorian Christmas Tree
In preparation, evenings before the tree arrived the diligent woman of the house was secretly gilding and silvering nuts and ornaments, making little balloons with fluted sides, and cutting fanciful shapes from colored papers to adorn the Christmas tree. To increase the genuine fun for the fireside, the children were encouraged to manufacture as much of the trimmings as possible. The easiest to make were long paper chains that could be fastened at the top of the tree, and allowed to drop in irregular rows.
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