|Queen Victoria’s love of Prince Albert inspired her to erect and decorate a tree at Buckingham Palace. It was a tradition in his German homeland. Once an illustration of their festive décor appeared in the Illustrated London News, however, it was just a matter of time before similar decorations began appearing throughout the nation.
An enthusiastic population spread the joy - adorning not just trees, but tabletops, windowsills, dressers, front doors and sugar cookies. Candies, sweets, fruits and small, sometimes homemade items began as decorations on the tree. Then, rapidly, they moved from the category of decoration to that of gifts - and the celebration of family came to the fore.
In no small measure this sentiment spread because of A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens novel centered on the December holiday. The story became so popular that readers wanted to emulate the good feelings included. It is not exaggeration to say that Dickens cemented the tradition of Christmas as we know it.
Carrying on that tradition can be challenging. What to give that is thoughtful and makes the recipient feel special? We suggest giving a one-of-a-kind gift. The examples shown here, from a more extensive assortment you can see here, might inspire a cook, a Mom or Dad, a new young executive or first time homeowners eager to decorate in style for the Holidays. We’re even offered cookies and candies from local Hudson resources to store in their whimsical receptacles. How great is that?
We hope you’ll check out all the gifts we’ve accumulated. And we hope you find just the right piece to make your shopping easier.
Limited Edition Tall Santa Doll on Stand
by Judy Tasch
Gifts to Give. Gifts to Get.