Christmas Wreaths a Hundred Years Ago

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, December 17, 1914: <<no entry>>

evergreen wreath
Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, and to get into the holiday spirit, I thought you might enjoy seeing what Christmas wreaths looked like a hundred years ago.

Christmas greenery including a wreathThe wreath on the wall above the sideboard is decorated with tinsel, and a bright Christmas ball hangs at the bottom.

Wreath with ornaments Pretty wreaths are made by tying small sprigs to circular wire or wood frames.

wreath with red ribbons and bellsCrimson ribbon bows make a most effective contrast with the green sprays.

Ladies Home Journal (December, 1914)

24 thoughts on “Christmas Wreaths a Hundred Years Ago

    1. Yes, they all are natural greenery. Your comment reminded me of a sentence in the original Ladies Home Journal article which accompanied these pictures.

      It said, “In every instance the greens which have been used have been brought from the woods. A few branches of hemlock, pine, cedar, or spruce cut clean with a sharp knife from the lower part of the tree will not harm the tree in any way and will lend themselves charmingly to the decoration of the house.”

    1. I like them, too. They remind me of a fund-raiser at the nursery school my son attended years ago. The parent’s met one Saturday afternoon to make wreaths to sell. Looking back, it sounds like an old-fashioned and quaint fund-raising activity–but my memory is that it was a lot of fun.

  1. So lovely, but I have to wonder: how did these poor folks cope with all the pine needles without having a modern vacuum cleaner at hand? I’m sooo glad I’ve got one. Our garlands are shedding all over the place!

    1. hmm. . . I hadn’t thought about that, but it would be a mess. Homes won’t had had wall-to-wall carpeting back then. I wonder if they might have rolled the carpets up and taken them outside to shake the needles off–though that sounds like a lot of work.

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