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December 9, 2022

Be a Christmas Tree Was a Fad of the 1900s

It seems that during the Edwardian era, folks had a fascination with dressing up in Christmas tree costumes. And some of the costumes are very authentic, if nothing else.

The Christmas tree during this era had a lot of tinsel and a lot of homemade ornaments. The days of pretty, uniform, professional looking ornaments was not yet upon us, and only businesses or the more astute citizens would have lights on their trees. So perhaps the people were seeking a way to make the Christmas tree more exciting and full of life. What better way to do that than to actually BE a Christmas tree?!

From children, to full grown women, it seems that people of all ages joined in on the idea. This fad was much like the “ugly sweater” contests of today. The embarrassment and oddness of the costumes became part of the game, and part of what made it “cool” and festive.


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