The Albertville Museum is having a “Make and Take” Victorian Christmas tree ornament event. These ornaments will be made just like the ones childrenin the area might have made for their Christmas trees during the 1800s and early 1900s.
The ornaments will be made on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to participate.
Delores Roden of the Albertville Museum said they are going to do the Victorian ornaments because it is Alabama's bicentennial.
Alabama became a state on Dec. 14, 1819, and is celebrating its bicentennial. “The Golden Age of the Victorian Era” was during the time that Albertville was growing and developing. This time period is from the 1880s to 1905. During the late 1870s to 1880s, a lot of settlers brought their families to Albertville and the Sand Mountain area.
According to research done by the Albertville Museum, the reason they came were because they had discovered the soil was good for growing cotton. The land was available and it was affordable. Albertville became a town on Feb. 18, 1891, and in 1892, the railroad was completed from Gadsden to Guntersville. In 1894, Albertville was chosen to be the site of the North East Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Christmas was not celebrated like it is today. Christmas celebrations are attributed to Queen Victoria of Britain and her marriage to German-born Prince Albert. The couple introduced the most prominent aspects of Christmas as known today. The royal family celebrated Christmas around a decorated Christmas tree. Because of this, homes in Britain started celebrating with a tree, decorated with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts.
Most of the first Victorian Era Christmas tree ornaments were handmade by the family. The children crafted as many ornaments as possible. It was their duty to gather and use anything for the making of ornaments such as paper scraps, pieces of gold and silver tinsel cord, colored yarn, colored paper, ribbon, tinfoil and even tissue paper.
The museum will be making ornaments similar to those that these children once made. It is free to the public and everyone is welcome to join in for the creations.