Christmas Decorations in Colonial Times
you want cheerful. If you want cozy. If you want a traditional
Christmas in your home, decorate like a Colonial.
How to do so? Follow the tips below.
Decorate your doors, windowsills, fireplaces and table tops with
wreaths and swags of boughs and branches of pine, boxwoods,
Fraser firs, magnolia leaves, fruits (apples, pineapples and
pears in particular), berries, and dried flowers.
Place a long swag of pine boughs around your front door. Place
smaller swags atop or around the light fixtures on each side of
Place similar bough and swags on any fence you have around your
home. Place bright red fabric bows on them, as well.
The basic idea is to decorate your home with natural items - the
pine boughs, fruit, dried flowers and fabric ribbons. Bake an
apple pie and let the aroma waft throughout your home for an
Another "must" for your home to be decorated as it would have
been in Colonial times, is to place candles in all of the
structure's windows (or at least those facing the street).
Colonial Williamsburg residents used the real things; today you
can find electric as well as battery-operated candles.
In fact, if you can, visit Colonial Williamsburg in December.
The city celebrates the season by "lighting" more than 1,200
electric candles in the windows of buildings throughout our
Historic area at dusk each evening during the
To really get an idea of how to decorate your home as a Colonist
did, be sure to check out Colonial Williamsburg's "Christmas
Decorations Walking Tour." The guided tours let you get a close
look at the outside of several buildings in
Williamsburg and tour guides discuss the techniques and
materials used to build and create the decorations.
Tickets are $10 per person (and are an additional fee to your
admission to Colonial Williamsburg). Children younger than 6 are
Whether you want to decorate your home like a Colonist or if you
just want to enjoy the sights and wonderful of the holiday
season in Williamsburg, book your holiday stay in a
bed and breakfast inn today!
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