How to trim the house with greens for Christmas

These are the most time-honored and the most handsome of all Christmas decorations, says the Chicago Tribune. The doorway into the dining room may be transformed with a long long rope of evergreens and some holly berries. The rope may be draped about the door and perhaps carried over the framework of a window and brought down to the edge of a mantelpiece. The other end will perhaps be looped back and brought over a brass sconce, then fastened with a bunch of holly tied with a streaming scarlet ribbon.

From another doorway, also draped with hemlock rope, suspend a Christmas bell of holly with mistletoe for a clapper, which will involve many entertaining complications during the festal day.

A coarse fish net tacked along the side of a stairway and stuck with branches of holly and laurel, branches of laurel and cedar, becomes charming.

Wreaths of laurel and holly tied with scarlet ribbons are beautiful in the windows; one on the front door just below the knocker (when there is a knocker) is delightful.

A row of little pine trees breast-high along each side of a wide wall is one woman’s effective Christmas treatment of her house.

Anywhere and everywhere belong the ropes of hemlock and holly bunches, which are as appropriate to a 2 by 4 flat as they are a twenty-roomed mansion.

A Nuremberg Christmas tree is a distinct beauty on a Christmas drawing room or at a childrens Christmas table. It is made of stiff green wire covered with green, and comes in a wooden pot and measures three feet or less. It is a blaze of cheerful glory when lighted, and can be folded and packed away and rise again for many successive Christmases.

The “hemlock” referred to herein is the Eastern Hemlock (or Canadian Hemlock) tree — and is not related at all to the very poisonous hemlock plant (Conium). This tree, which we now think of as the “Happy Hemlock,” is found mainly on the east coast of the US, and is the state tree of Pennsylvania.

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Source publication: The Citizen (Berea, Ky.)

Source publication date: November 17, 1904

Filed under: 1900s, Christmas, Home & garden, Newspapers

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