The Kelley House Museum has now been decorated for the season, and in keeping with history, our Victorian embellishments are on the modest side. Docent Frances Casey, with help from Docent Wallace Conroe and Archivist Carolyn Zeitler, carefully set the scene. The original residents of the house would likewise have had somewhat restrained decorations, since the mega-event that a commercial Christmas has become was still many years in the future. Our tree does have electric lights, and there is a peaceful feeling to be had by standing out in front of the Kelley House on one of these rainy evenings, looking up the lawn, and seeing the demure tree with lights twinkling in the front window.
The first English Christmas tree came through Queen Victoria in the early 1800’s. Her husband, Prince Albert, had been raised in Germany, where the “Tannenbaum” was already a long-standing tradition. The custom soon caught on in Great Britain, and within a few years ordinary families had made the display of a small, decorated tree in the parlor a treasured part of the seasonal celebrations. Please come by and soak up a bit of the Victorian holiday spirit here at the Kelley House Museum.