Truly Traditional 1920s Christmas Decorations

Decorating the house for Christmas in the 1920s was done a bit different to the way we do ours today.  We have lots and lots of different lights, baubles, outdoor decorations and more but that wasn’t the case for the twenties.

So how did families decorate the tree? They would decorate their feather tree – which was goose feather during this era, using elaborate paper decoration such as bells, fancy pom-pom balls or stars which became very popular.  Tinsel was also used, you could get a thin design for a penny and a ‘plush garland’ for threepence which is around £1.05p today.

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Also available was glass balls and birds which you could buy at a store which they could then hang on the Christmas tree.  The baubles would be colourful and bright in colours such as pink, orange, silver and gold and larger than they are today.

If the house had electricity then they would also place fairy lights on the tree and would often be a set of coloured lights known as ‘fairy lights‘ along with lametta and a treetop fairy which would be in front of a large star. Within the branches, Christmas crackers were laid and the whole lighted with candles.

Decorating the rest of the room with Holly or Kissing Bough was a must.  It’s frame was made from wire in the shape of a sphere or a globe.  It was made up of mistletoe, holly or ivy and a selection of decorations.  Paper garlands were also used and were a great way to keep the kids busy while mum was getting all of the food ready in the kitchen for the big day which we’re sure is still a tactic used by mums and dads across the UK today!

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Hanging up stockings back in the twenties was often the only place Santa left all the nice presents which often consisted of an apple and maybe a toy and would not be the nice red or green stockings that we have today but instead a large sock!

Decorations today 2014 haven’t changed much since the 1920s even though we have shatter proof baubles, personalized baubles and plastic trees, the glitz and glam of the 1920s and its traditions are still seen today in the way that we decorate our homes at Christmas,

Do you have any vintage/1920s decorations that you use when you decorate your house for Christmas?  Get involved with out bygone era and comment below and let UnderTheChristmasTree know.

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