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810 South Fourth Street
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 753-5166

A foundation that preserves and showcases four historic house museums and hosts multiple educational opportunities throughout the year.


It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Historic Waco

It's that time of year again when everyone is getting their houses decorated and festive just in time for Christmas. Although decorations have changed since the Victorian era partly due to style, technology, and overall expenses however, there are some elements that remain the same from the Victorian Era. Decorations during this time were limited due to restrictions such as electricity eliminating the element of lights. However, people were still interested in having their trees sparkle so real tapered candles were used. Decorations for the tree were typically things that people had in their house that could be used as decorations. In earlier Victorian times, often times the tree could have been decorated with gifts that the children were receiving for Christmas. They also would decorate with items such as popcorn garland, cranberries, gingerbread cookies, paper ornaments, trinkets, dried fruit, and other types of small toys. Although the ornaments were not covered in glitter like today and were more on the simpler side,  a Victorian tree was festive and rang in the holiday season!