Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments?
Christmas Tree Ornaments
|Jana and her Brothers at Christmas|
I don’t know if my Grandma Ingrid Gilberg used tinsel or glass bird ornaments to decorate her Christmas trees when she was a girl. But, I’ve been able to read about some other decorations she and her family used to decorate their Christmas trees. In her vocal history, recorded by my father, Grandma Ingrid reminisced about the traditions she and her Swedish immigrant parents shared at Christmas. Among these were how they decorated their tree.
"It was a tradition that we make garlands for our tree. We would decorate the ceilings with paper from corner to corner. We would polish apples and hang them on the tree. We did not have popcorn at this time, but we would string cranberries and hang them around the tree. Then when Christmas Eve came, we would light our candles because there were no electric tree lights at this time. At Christmas Eve, we would all gather around the room and we would dance around the tree and there was a little step we would dance to and we would sing a Christmas song."
"Now it is Christmas again,Now it is Christmas again,And after Christmas comes the New Year,Yes it is so,Yes it is so,After Christmas comes the New Year."
So that you can get an idea of how these ceiling decorations may have looked, here’s a photo from Grandma Ingrid and Grandpa Arthur’s wedding reception. I’m assuming this looked similar to how the ceiling was decorated with paper garlands at Christmas.
Arthur Iverson and Ingrid Gilberg
on their Wedding Day
At this special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'd like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!
Thanks for reading!
Copyright © Jana Last 2012