Monday, November 23, 2009

Victorian Christmas Decorating - 2009

Today was a busy day at the O'Dell House Museum. Today was the day when the museum gets decorated for our annual Victorian Christmas festivities. For more than thirty years we have had a very talented and dedicated group of volunteers who arrive at the museum on a Monday at the end of November to tie garlands, swags and other wonderful arrangements. These decorations spread are out through the Victorian section of the museum. My favorite part of the decorations is that they are almost all either grown in the garden or locally harvested in the forest. The few things which we purchase like oranges and lemons are either eaten or composted at the end of the event. Now that most of the work is done, there is a strong smell of fresh fir in the air.

Through the years there have been some decorative themes which have developed. There is always a great deal of anticipation for the fruit pyramid. The version which is shown in this post is still missing its boxwood garnish. Every year there is a decoration which sits atop the newel post at the bottom of the stairs. Some years this has held a miniature Christmas three (complete with cranberry decorations) or a stylized bird nest with candied almonds for eggs. This year the newel post is sporting a somewhat abstract but very attractive arrangement. Just because I am feeling pesky, I am not going to post a picture of the arrangement at this time. You will just need to Come to Victorian Christmas to see it for yourself.

As for the other elements of Victorian Christmas, they are well in hand. By the time the event opens to the public on Friday night, we will have homemade cookies, hot mulled cider and there will be carols sung around our 1885 Annapolis Organ Company parlour organ. A new treat for this year will be the Runciman Parlour on the second floor. This room, which is filled with furniture from the collection we received this summer, will be decorated for a 1930s Christmas. The event runs in the evenings on Friday, Saturday and in the afternoon on Sunday for the next two weekends (Nov 27-29, Dec 4-6). I will doubtlessly have some additional photographs as the event gets closer.

All for now,

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