It was Fun to see how an 1893 Christmas was spent by the Dooleys.
Beautiful tree decorated with handmade ornaments, such as paper cones and glittered pictures that looked like this one I purchased from "Through the Garden Gate". I must make some of these next year. Our guide told us that presents would be tucked into the branches with the decorations.
The best I can show of the tree is this Poster that greeted us from the gazebo coming onto the grounds
Beautiful green garlands were strung in one room from the chandelier to four corners of the ceiling.
The packages were wrapped in white paper and tied with red ribbons.
Mrs. Dooley we were told - liked to use red satin ribbons in her home for Christmas. The bows were simply tied, I like that better.
They were beautiful.
Upstairs was a sitting area with wrappings , ribbons and such, as if packages were in the process of being wrapped.
ribbon was strung leading from the light fixture in the ceiling with childrens names. We were told that the children would have their name attached to a ribbon and the child would follow it to a gift, some gifts were in chairs.
I think I may try that next year with some little ones.
Beautiful wreaths outside and in.
View from entrance into home
View of statues from entrance looking towards river