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  1. I missed this 4 wks ago, but Happy Yule-tide and New Year to you and your family, and many thanks for all your videos of fun and learning. I am 70 this year and I remember spending the school holidays making things from string, ribbons and paper for decorations. We had already replaced the candles with electric lights because so many house fires were caused by candles. Your decorations are mostly edible and families in the rural areas back in the day made them as treats for the children and luxuries they would not normally have. My grandparents did the same. The treats were as important as the feast at the winter solstice (the real reason for christmas) But you forgot something… The 'star' or 'angel' on the top! Although the evergreen tree coming indoors is a really ancient tradition, in the C19th most people were godly people and the christian aspect was really important. It was a 'thank you' for the year's bounty and health and a 'please help us' for the coming year when their lives were directly dependent on god's blessings and a good harvest. What they were really praying for was the return of the sun. The corn dollies, made like you did, are reminiscent of the Egyptian ankh, the 'key-of-life', but the pagan ways were based heavily on superstition, and so they could mean many different things – angels, healthy babies, the corn gods and goddesses, lost loved ones, etc. We are so scared of sugar these days, but sugar (and salt) was an important source of preserving and nutrition when everything was so bland. Kids back then wouldn't have complained at all! Thanks for the memories – great video!

  2. I so agree. Candie fruits. Yum. Have a Happy New Year to you and yours. The dolls probably had a cape and hat which made them less scary maybe

  3. That was great you really bring our history to life and so interesting about the candied fruits I would love to do something like this for my grandsons when they get a little older. I have a container of tin tree tinsel but it is a reproduction they are fun to put on a nature theme tree. Thank you so much for all your time and effort. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. I love this kind of history lesson: what real people did and how they lived. Thank you so much CDK! The homemade, period accurate tinsel is fascinating. My maternal grandmother grew up in Evanston, Illinois but used to spend a lot of time with a childless aunt and uncle in Indiana. One Christmas, probably sometime between 1905 and 1910, her auntie's Christmas tree caught fire from the candles and their house burned down. It left enough of an impression on my grandmother, then a very young child, that she eschewed candle-laden Christmas trees and candles in general for the rest of her long life!

  5. I cleaned out a hundred year old drug store back in the ‘80’s and found a case of old Christmas tree candles in the basement along with the holders that were a candle socket with what looked like an alligator clip on the base that would clip on the tree branches. I really love the old ways. Thanks for posting this and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. CDK — that was fabulous! You never cease to amaze me. I have a miniature china doll that was hung on Christmas Trees in the late 1800's. From what I understand, the children could take the dolls home, if the tree was part of a party or event. Thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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