Millet's Christmas Tales: Christmas Decorations

Christmas tree and toy train on display in the Museum's 2020 Christmas display

Christmas tree and toy train on display in the Museum's 2020 Christmas display

Christmas tree decorations were largely handmade or edible in the early 1900s, at least in North America, especially in rural areas like Millet.

Ornaments like paper chains, held together with flour and water paste, were made at home or school.

The trees were also decorated with candy canes, apples, oranges, nuts, hard candies, and popcorn strings. These treats were put on the tree the night before Christmas, usually by parents after their children had gone to bed. The family would then eat these decorations over Christmas Day and the surrounding holidays.

Before electricity became widely available, Christmas trees where decorated with candles, which helped to light up dark rooms

on long winter evenings. 

Tales & Trails of Millet pg. 125, 346, 396, 778